Gallery: Scenes from Top Rookie award at GATS

The nine Trucking’s Top Rookie finalists after the ceremony.The nine Trucking’s Top Rookie finalists after the ceremony.

Decorated Army veteran Chris Crowell left the Great American Trucking Show last week with an extra $10,000 and the title of 2016 Trucking’s Top Rookie.

Crowell, a company driver with Werner Enterprises, was one of nine finalists up for the award. You can read their individual stories of how they got into the industry here.

“I couldn’t believe it at first,” Crowell said of winning the award. “You know you read on Truckers News about all these other people who are up for it, and you read about how amazing they are. You come here with the hope you’ll win, but then you do and it’s just, I can’t believe it.”

Brandon Douglas was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.Brandon Douglas was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.

Brian College was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.Brian College was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.

Chris Crowell was named the 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie award winner at the Great American Trucking Show.Chris Crowell was named the 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie award winner at the Great American Trucking Show.

Dave Honbarger was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.Dave Honbarger was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.

Kenneth Youmans was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.Kenneth Youmans was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.

Marc Walther was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.Marc Walther was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.

Mario Cardenas was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.Mario Cardenas was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.

Shawna Froehlich was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.Shawna Froehlich was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.

The nine finalists for the 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie award stand together after the ceremony at the Great American Trucking Show.The nine finalists for the 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie award stand together after the ceremony at the Great American Trucking Show.

Willis Robinson was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.Willis Robinson was a 2016 Trucking's Top Rookie finalist at the Great American Trucking Show.

Eric Flick (on stage, left), of America's Road Team, speaks during the Trucking's Top Rookie ceremony at the Great American Trucking Show.Eric Flick (on stage, left), of America's Road Team, speaks during the Trucking's Top Rookie ceremony at the Great American Trucking Show.

2016 Trucking's Top Rookie award winner Chris Crowell stands for a picture with his award check. Joining him are Marli Riggs (left) of Truckload Carriers Association and Truckers News Editor David Hollis (right).2016 Trucking's Top Rookie award winner Chris Crowell stands for a picture with his award check. Joining him are Marli Riggs (left) of Truckload Carriers Association and Truckers News Editor David Hollis (right).

The nine Trucking's Top Rookie finalists sit in the first row during the ceremony at the Great American Trucking Show.The nine Trucking's Top Rookie finalists sit in the first row during the ceremony at the Great American Trucking Show.

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Truckers News Editor David Hollis leads the ceremony during the Great American Trucking Show.Truckers News Editor David Hollis leads the ceremony during the Great American Trucking Show.

Eric James of America's Road Team speaks during the Trucking's Top Rookie ceremony at the Great American Trucking Show.Eric James of America's Road Team speaks during the Trucking's Top Rookie ceremony at the Great American Trucking Show.