A Parowan native recently won the Don Hyde Essay Contest, awarded by the American Public Transit Foundation.
Bryan J. Beck, who was sponsored by the Logan Transit District and DAVE Transportation Services, was selected from a national competition involving more than 200 transit operators from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.Beck, 24, completed his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Utah State University this summer and intends to enter graduate school this fall to obtain an MBA.
The award will be presented by the American Public Transit Association, the transit industry's national association and lobbyist in Washington, D.C. Beck's award will be recognized during the industry's annual meeting in September.
Beck will receive a $500 award based on his submission of an essay dealing with "transportation in the year 2000" and his academic performance.
"I was pretty excited," Beck said. "I'll use the money to help buy a computer."
He began his career as a bus operator and now is employed as the evening dispatcher for the Logan Transit District.
This is the second time a Logan transit District employee has won this national award.
"This is a unique recognition of the quality of employees the LTD has been able to secure even in its infancy," said Michael Noonchester, transit director. "It is a pleasure to introduce these talented individuals to the industry and help launch them on their career path."
Beck lives in Logan with his wife, Tammy, and their 2-year-old son, Jeremy.
In 1992, Ron Bushman, also a dispatcher and USU student, won the same award. Bushman is public transit project manager in Hesperia, Calif.