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Top 10 Finalists Named in Trucking's Top Rookie Contest
A panel of judges has narrowed the field, and 10 professional truck drivers have been chosen as finalists in the search for this year’s Trucking’s Top Rookie.
The winner of the award will be announced during ceremonies at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas next month, and will receive $10,000 and a package of prizes.
The nine runners up will receive $1,000 and other prizes as well.
The Trucking’s Top Rookie contest is a partnership between "Truckers News," the Truckload Carriers Association, Commercial Vehicle Training Association, Rand McNally, Pilot Flying J, Progressive Commercial Insurance, National Association of Publicly Funded Driving Schools, Professional Truck Driver Institute, American Trucking Associations and the Red Eye Radio Network.
The 10 finalists include:
“We thank the judges for their hard work in narrowing the field of nominees to these ten finalists,” said “Truckers News” Editor David Hollis. “Each of these ten deserving finalists has shown they possess the skills, outlook and dedication to be successful in the American trucking industry.”
The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has been instrumental in helping recognize these drivers who are new and important to the industry, said Hollis.
“TCA not only hosts the online nomination form, but we act as a clearinghouse by ensuring the nominees’ motor vehicle records (MVRs) are clean prior to reaching the judges,” says TCA’s President, John Lyboldt. “Safety is top of mind and TCA takes pride in knowing only those worthy could potentially be named Trucking’s Top Rookie.”
“TCA is proud to be involved in this contest, year after year,” says Lyboldt. “It’s a great way to showcase drivers who are making a difference in their communities and on the nation’s highways.”
The winner receives:
The nine other finalists receive:
The award is named for the late Mike O’Connell was formerly the executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, and originated the idea of honoring a top rookie driver to help show new drivers they are important to and appreciated by the trucking industry.