W&L student awarded by Sheriff
Pictured left to right: Sheriff C.O. Balderson, Niaya Veney, TaRhonda Poteat (Veney’s mother) and Art Teacher, Mrs. Holly Ransone
Niaya Veney, a freshman art student at Washington and Lee High School created and submitted the new design that was selected for the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office Bike Patrol Trailer. Veney’s design was selected out of the 103 submitted from students who are enrolled in Mrs. Ransone’s Art Classes at the high school.
The newly-acquired trailer was obtained by the sheriff’s office through asset forfeiture and converted to store and transport the bike teams equipment to further enhance its Community Policing and Special Event Operations.
“When the trailer was obtained, the idea to have the art students participate in creating the new design came up and we just ran with it,” stated Sheriff C.O. Balderson. “I am extremely proud of all of the submitted designs and ecstatic for Veney. Her talent and creativity is to be commended.”
Veney was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and a $25 gift card to Walmart donated by the sheriff.