Michelle is a junior at Marquette High School. She is the founder and president of the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Chapter at Marquette High School. She was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Youth Prevention Award and is the youth representative on the Executive Board of the Rockwood Drug Free Coalition.
Michelle has helped write and change substance use education and health class curriculum as the youth leader on the Continuous School Improvement Plan for the Rockwood Executive Director of Student Services. She has also made presentations to the Rockwood Board of Education and Ellisville City County on prevention topics.
Drug and alcohol prevention is important to Michelle and her community for many reasons. She is very involved in prevention and believes the only way we can get rid of substance use problems is to stand up and advocate against it. There are so many people that are supportive of this cause that we could truly make a difference. Michelle would like to be a surgeon when she grows up, partially because all of her work with drug and alcohol prevention has showed her the severity of addiction and this disease and why we need more doctors in this world. Michelle believes that the best way to impact a community is to educate the community about the problem.