AAA names crossing guards of the year

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PHOENIX -- They are unsung heroes that make sure our children make it to school safely.  That’s why a local organization decided to seek out the best of the best and honor the top Crossing Guards in Arizona.

AAA recognized Nick Sertich, who crosses students at Anasazi Elementary School in Scottsdale.  The Anasazi assistant principal, Michelle Ostot, said Sertich has been their cross guard for the last 14 years. 

“Mr. Nick has turned 90 years old this school year. We are saddened to hear that this will be his last school year with our community, yet overjoyed to send him off into a much deserved retirement.”

“Mr. Nick” also retires with acknowledgment that comes along with a plaque and a $100 Target gift card, courtesy of AAA Arizona.

Merrill Broad, the Tucson crossing guard at Sewell Elementary School in Pima County, was also awarded for his dedication to children. 

“Merrill is there every day with a smile on his face,” said Kerry Varga, principal at Sewell Elementary School. “He’s always friendly and he has nothing but good things to say about the kids, and the kids have nothing but good things to say about Merrill.”

Nearly 750 nominations from students, community members, parents, school administrators, faculty and staff were received, describing why their crossing guard should be selected. AAA staff evaluated nominations to select finalists before conducting an observation of each guard performing their crossing duties.