Vance School Bus Driver Among State’s Best

Keith Purnell, a school bus driver for Northern Vance High School and E.M. Rollins Elementary School, placed seventh in the state in the annual N.C. School Bus Rodeo held in Raleigh on May 25.

He was among 29 of the state’s best school bus drivers who navigated a yellow school bus through an obstacle course that tested their skills in mastering a diminishing clearance, backing, making a tight turn and parallel parking.

The competing drivers had to place among the best in their school district’s rodeo and in regional competition to reach the state finals.

The N.C. School Bus Rodeo was held on the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

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