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Army vet’s sunset shot voted ‘Semi Showdown’ photo contest winner

Mike Wester, 2019 Semi Showcase Winner

It didn’t go to overtime like the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship game, but Schneider’s ‘Semi Showdown: Truck Photo Faceoff’ championship match-up needed 618 votes to decide a winner.

Ultimately, Mike Wester’s Pittston, Pa., sunset edged out Niki Di Rocco’s Alamogordo, N.M., sunrise, 62-38 percent.

The prize and the contest

Mike’s photo was one of over 100 submitted during the Feb. 25 – March 8 contest entry, and one of 16 seeded into the final bracket, which featured four regions. Voting coincided with the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Mike won a prize package, including:

  • Schneider zip-up hooded sweatshirt
  • Schneider tote bag
  • Ride of Pride military tribute truck coins
  • Schneider sticker

In his generosity, he gifted the tote bag to Niki for her runner-up finish.

Check out the full bracket and the latest contest

Schneider Semi Showdown: Truck Photo Faceoff Bracket

If you didn’t get a chance to submit a photo for the contest but would still like to share it, you can message or comment anytime on our Schneider Truck Driving Jobs Facebook page.

Mike's photo and career story

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Mike wouldn’t call himself a hobby photographer, but he said, “if I see the opportunity to capture a moment, I will definitely take advantage of it.”

That’s exactly what he did with his winning photo taken during an evening pre-trip inspection:

“I walked around the side of my truck, saw the awesome sunset and had to snap that photo. Pittston, Pa., always has great sunsets in the summer.”

Mike is a Schneider driver with an awesome career advancement story:

  • U.S. Army veteran who was stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga.
  • Worked in the oil and gas industry in West Virginia, but was laid off during the recession
  • Used his G.I. Bill benefits to attend PIA truck driving school
“I did a lot of research on trucking companies during school and I found nothing but great things about Schneider. I went on the Schneider website and found a Lowes [Dedicated] account out of Pittston, Pa. I started there in November of 2015 and I have been with Schneider since then.”

Originally from New Jersey, Mike was looking to get back there, and he recently switched divisions to become a Schneider Intermodal driver in Kearny, N.J.

Congratulations to Mike on an awesome career progression story and for winning Schneider’s photo contest!

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