(Floyd County Schools media release):

Sometimes teens need to be influenced and taught by their peers and that is exactly what students at Pepperell High School continue to do. Briley Cordle and Nikki Fosha have been selected for the 2021-2022 Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS) Teens Advisory Board (TAB). 

This will be Briley’s third year on the National Peer to Peer Advisory Board and Nikki’s first year,” said Alana Ellenburg, TDS Advisor at Pepperell High School. “Both of these students are leaders inside and outside of the classroom and both will have an opportunity to make a difference on the national level. It is an honor to be chosen for the TAB and represent Pepperell and the State of Georgia. They will now have a platform to speak, teach, and advise other teens to be safe drivers and help save the lives of teens nationwide.”

Started in 2002, Teens in the Driver Seat® is the first peer-to-peer program for teens that focuses solely on traffic safety and addresses all major risks for this age group. Teens help shape the program and are responsible for implementing it and educating their peers and parents; Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) provides the science, guidance and project resources. The Georgia program is sponsored by Georgia Department of Transportation, General Motors, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Teens in the Driver Seat® began in Georgia in 2010. Pepperell High School has been involved with strong student participation from the start. Pepperell won the Georgia Teens in the Driver Seat Cup the first four years until the program changed to an All-Star schools program. They have been awarded All-Star school status every year since. Pepperell has had six other students hold TAB positions in the past. 

Contributed by Alana Ellenburg