Clearwater’s Brynne Noland – Drive to Zero Student of the Month Presented by KDOT

Brynne Noland of Clearwater High School first joined the SAFE program when she was only a freshman. The importance of the program is what drew Noland to the club and helping her peers stay safe while driving has been a rewarding experience.

“I have always put on my seatbelt from the moment I got my first car. It blows my mind how many people don’t do that seeing as how many crashes there are. I feel it’s important because you don’t ever anticipate a crash and you should always be safe and prepared,” said Noland. “I love all of the little things we do for the program like going to the younger schools and teaching them how to be safe.”

As a member of the program, Noland has helped during many activities from setting up events to spreading the word to her peers.

“My responsibilities include helping make a calendar for our events, and letting my other members and peers know when and what to attend,” said Noland.

Also a member of the varsity volleyball team and track team, Noland has spent four years competing for both teams. Competing and representing Clearwater High School is something Noland loves to do.

“I’ve played volleyball all four years and track all four years of school. I’m also in C- Club,” said Noland.

Upon graduating this spring, Noland is looking forward to the next chapter of her life which will include college and more sports.

“After Clearwater High School, I am attending Neosho County Community College to play volleyball and get an associate’s degree in business,” said Noland.

The senior said anyone joining the SAFE program as a club they would like to participate in, to remember the goal of convincing your classmates to always wear your seatbelt and to have fun while doing it.

“I would say that it’s really fun. And I wish more people could be on the safe board,” said Noland.

In her free time Noland enjoys coaching her little sister’s volleyball team.

“I also love to bake for my family and friends,” said Noland.

The SAFE program is a teen-run, peer-to-peer program focusing on increasing teen restraint compliance through education, positive rewards and enforcement. It is designed to bring awareness to the importance of wearing a seatbelt, therefore reducing the number of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities among Kansas teens.