Madison NHS members attended the annual MoDOT Traction Conference -Teens Taking Action to Prevent Traffic Crashes- July 27-29 in Columbia.

Madison NHS members attended the annual MoDOT Traction Conference -Teens Taking Action to Prevent Traffic Crashes- July 27-29 in Columbia. Students from eight surrounding schools participated in team building activities and seminars and workshops on leadership, traffic safety, and action planning among other topics.  Madison’s attendees were juniors Rebekah Ketchem, MacKenzie O’Bannon, Taylor O’Bannon, and Emily Painter, and seniors Danielle Herrin, Judy Hornbarger, Maya McGuire, Ashlyn Peterson, Ashley Redenbaugh, and Stacie Stokes. Advisors present were Joni Fields, FFA Advisor, and Holly Bennett, NHS Sponsor. 

Madison’s Traction Conference attendees are excited to return to school to implement the action plan they created during conference sessions, which they hope will increase safe driving practices and seat belt usage throughout Madison’s student body and community.

Senior Judy Hornbarger said “It was an eye opening experience that made us all realize how important it is to be safer on the road not just for ourselves, but for everyone else out there driving. There is a trust that you have to have that everyone driving is being safe and not driving distracted, and we can’t break that trust.”

Madison’s team has the opportunity to attend a follow-up conference in March to present the implementation of their actions plans and the impact those plans have on the student body and surrounding community. If their plan is found to be the most impactful of the returning schools, they could win a grant to further their school’s traffic safety program.