Halifax County High School was among the 17 award winners recognized during the annual Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) Awards Banquet held Wednesday night at James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg.

The school’s YOVASO Club was honored for “Speaking Out and Saving Lives.”

Aaliyah Paige, student and member of the YOVASO Youth Advisory Council, also was recognized for her exemplary leadership skills and commitment to working on safe teen driving and youth traffic safety programs at the local and state level.

Lt. Col. Matthew D. Hanley, bureau of field operations director for the Virginia State Police, joined YOVASO with honoring the schools, students, teachers and law enforcement from across Virginia who demonstrated exemplary efforts during the 2018-2019 school year to encourage safe driving and passenger safety among teenagers.

The theme for the 2019 awards ceremony was “A Night with the Stars: Honoring Leaders for Safe Teen Driving” to celebrate Virginia’s outstanding traffic safety advocates.

 YOVASO is Virginia’s peer-to-peer education and prevention program for teen driver safety. YOVASO is a program of the Virginia State Police and is funded by a grant from the Virginia DMV Highway Safety Office.  YOVASO has existed since 2001 and works with high and middle schools across the commonwealth to improve young driver and passenger safety.