Two Westerville City School District students have been honored by the AAA-Ohio Auto Club for leadership in their school's safety patrol.

Grace Rutherford and Emma Lee from Cherrington Elementary School recently were inducted into the AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame, along with eight other students.

They were selected for honors out of nearly 7,000 Ohio AAA School Safety Patrollers.

Lee's adviser, Roger Fleegle, nominated her, citing leadership that is quiet but effective.

"With Emma, being courteous is just part of her personality and treating others equally," Fleegle said.

He said she's one of the most mature, responsible students he has ever had.

Lee also was described as incredibly bright and one who likes to share her knowledge with others.

Lee said changes she would make to the safety-patrol program would include observing the patrollers one day during their term to make sure nothing is wrong.

She said she also would make the patrollers send in an application to be a part of the patrol team.

Fleegle said Rutherford also is a standout on the patrol team.

"Grace is a very conscientious student/patroller who follows the school rules in the Cherrington Choice," he said. "This fact, along with her pleasant manner, has earned her the respect of her classmates and a number of close friends at school."

He added Rutherford has no problem with courtesy.

"Respect for classmates, teachers and other adults are some of the attributes that make Grace a good patrol leader. She leads by example, not exceeding her authority, and is a good role model for younger students/patrollers."

When asked about the top problem she faces on patrol, she said, "The problem that I face every day on patrol is when cars stop and tell us to cross the child but then I tell them to go by waving my hand."

The AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame inductees were honored May 19 during an awards dinner at Huntington Park in Columbus.

In addition to the Westerville students, Ben Fox and Meredith McCormick from Windermere Elementary School in Upper Arlington were inducted into the hall.

The inductees, along with their families and advisers, received free tickets to that evening's Columbus Clippers baseball game.

Patrol students from across the state were invited to attend the game at a discounted rate. All students had a chance to parade around the bases before the game began.

Each year, AAA-Ohio Auto Club selects up to 10 school safety patrol students to be part of the AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame as a way to acknowledge those who exemplify the spirit and purpose of the patrol.

Student patrol members are typically in grades 4-6 and are leaders in their schools.

The students volunteer their time to help their peers make it to and from school safely.

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