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Huyen Pham, a Northbrook Middle School Student and 2019 National School Bus Safety Poster second-place finisher, poses for a photo next to Principal Keith D. Thompson and teacher Tricia Boston.

A Gwinnett middle school student’s art may get national exposure and impact school bus safety on a large scale.

Northbrook Middle School student Huyen Pham’s poster design placed second at the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest. She was accompanied by Keith D. Thompson, Northbrook Principal, and her teacher Tricia Boston. GCPS Director of Fine Arts David DuBose presented the award.

“Huyen is a top-notch and very talented student with a passion and skill for visual arts,” DuBose said.

Pham’s entry won multiple competitions before competing in the U.S. contest. Students from across Gwinnett County Public Schools submitted works for this year's School Bus Safety Poster Contest in September with the theme, "Red Lights Mean Stop!" In September, members of the GCPS Transportation department and fine arts office selected Pham to move onto state. Following state, Pham’s award was sent to compete on the national level.

In December of 2019, the National Association for Pupil Transportation selected the national winners. Pham received a $100 cash prize and the poster has the possibility to be used in materials for the National Association for Pupil Transportation.

“We are certainly proud of this young artist,” Dubose said to members of the Gwinnett County Board of Education.

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Taylor Denman is a reporter born and raised in Gwinnett County. He came back home to seize the rare opportunity of telling stories about the county in which he grew up.

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