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Southeast of Saline’s Ava Mayginnes – Drive to Zero Student of the Month Presented by KDOT

Southeast of Saline junior Ava Mayginnes is very involved in activities at school. Not only is she a manager for three different sports, she also spends time educating her peers about the importance of seatbelt safety through the SAFE (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) program. Her involvement in SAFE started when she was a sophomore and many of her friends and peers were getting their driver’s license. Mayginnes said it’s important for everyone to remember that a seatbelt can save your life.

“The SAFE program is important as it keeps seatbelt safety on the forefront of students’ minds by using incentives and assemblies to help students understand the importance of seatbelt use,” said Mayginnes. “Encouraging others to make a safe choice using incentives like pledge card giveaways and teaching them responsible decision making is what I love most about the program.”  

Mayginnes said the SAFE program is a great way to meet other students while helping to educate everyone on the importance of seatbelt safety. 

“Being in SAFE team has no cons. It makes you part of not only the club but your school. You are doing something that will help your peers stay safe. It is also a great way to become a part of a group, getting up to do seatbelts together and bonding over doughnuts,” said Mayginnes. 

As a team manager for the volleyball, cheer and basketball teams, the junior still finds time to serve as president of her class, and PR for the student council. She is also involved in FCCLA. 

“I am also an officer in the Science Club, and a member of the Art Club, TRUST, BAM (books and movies), and Co-President of SAFE Team,” said Mayginnes. 

Mayginnes said she wants to pursue a degree in college after she graduates. She also enjoys traveling, art and volunteering. 

“A goal of mine is to travel to as many places as I can,” said Mayginnes.

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