Quinton is a junior at Morgan County R-II. He is the president of the Versailles High School SADD chapter, a position he has held for the past 2 years. He is a good leader who shows responsibility and passion for what he believes in and does with this group. One of his greatest accomplishments has been recommending and implementing that his SADD Chapter hold a prevention day for students. This inaugural event had breakout sessions that youth were able to attend on a variety of prevention topics. He assisted with the prevention day last spring by presenting information to his peers on smokefree policies during a breakout session, assisting other guest speakers to their rooms, and knowing the routine for the day. This event was a huge success; one that is being repeated and enhanced at Versailles High School this spring and used by other coalitions since its inception. As a youth leader, Quinton has also attended CLEAR coalition meetings to assist with planning for future activities.
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Hope is a junior at Morgan County R-II High School. She is an outstanding prevention leader. Hope is a member of the Versailles High School SADD chapter. For two years she has served as the vice president of the group. She assisted with Prevention Day last spring by presenting smokefree information to her peers during a breakout session, guiding other guest speakers to their rooms, and knowing the routine for the day. This fall she helped to distribute red ribbons during red ribbon week and organized photo opportunities for the youth who dressed for each day’s theme.
At Versailles High School she has participated in Tobacco Free Youth team for two years. She attended the training, presented smokefree education to middle and high school youth and adult community groups, recorded public service announcements, read announcements about smokefree and tobacco risks at community events, and attended the statewide smokefree rally for Kick Butt’s Day. Additionally she collected signatures of support for smokefree policies at ballgames and the August Back to School event.
As a youth leader, she attended strategic planning to assist CLEAR coalition with the knowledge of their prevention areas of need and planning for future activities.
Samantha is a senior at Calvary Lutheran High School. She implemented a Suicide Prevention Week the past two years. Last year, she organized a SADD Day; a half-day of prevention information and activities for the school because students were unable to attend Speak Hard, the state SADD conference. She has served as a MYAA Youth Ambassador for two years, her school’s SADD president this past year, and has overseen such projects as Red Ribbon Week and It Only Takes One. She has attended the last two Prevention Days as a youth representative where she was able to visit with her legislators.
Abigail is a senior at Calvary Lutheran High School. She is active in her school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter as well as Council for Drug Free Youth. Abigail is active in her school’s theatre department, participating in two plays a year.
Abigail spends time volunteering in her community with her church, the Salvation Army, Behind the Badge, and Hawthorn Bank. She has been an Honor Roll student every year, and been accepted to Missouri Girls State.
From a young age, Abigail was always taught to “just say no” to drugs and alcohol. She has learned this from school, her parents, and also through Council for Drug Free Youth. Abigail has always believed that doing drugs and drinking alcohol was not the right thing to do, but some of her peers do not agree with her.
When Abigail was in the fifth grade, her class was educated about the dangers of drugs and alcohol through the D.A.R.E. program. When she was in the ninth grade, she was able to help educate sixth graders through U.P.L.I.F.T. Thinking back to her excitement as a D.A.R.E. student and also the excitement of the kids she taught to learn how to “just say no,” Abigail believes that instilling the facts that drugs and alcohol can have a negative impact on your life in these kids is the most important thing.
Abigail believes that it is better to teach the kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol when they are younger and more willing to learn. Not only will they be more excited, but they have a greater probability of using that knowledge later in life. Most high school kids will ignore what they are being taught because they either know what is going to be said, or they don’t care. If high school kids are doing recreational drug or alcohol use, then they aren’t going to change their ways because an adult says it is dangerous. That’s why she believes it is better to focus on the younger children, especially since they are the next generation that will guide the future of our societies.
Morgan is a sophomore at Liberty North High School. She is an active member of Youth With Vision, where she has participated in fundraisers, attended trainings, and networked with other teens. Morgan founded her school’s Teaching and Reaching Youth (TRY) club, an organization that functions like a Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) group.
Morgan has been able to be involved a variety of activities through her prevention work. She has traveled to Jefferson City, MO to visit with her state legislators, as well as attend the statewide Speak Hard Youth Conference. Morgan has been active in the Tobacco 21 campaign in her community, as well as the Arrive Alive campaign.
Prevention is important to Morgan because she recognizes that it is not always a topic people talk about often. Parents do not always know how to to talk to their teens, or the importance of doing so. Many teens hear conflicting messages from celebrities, and it is important to provide them with healthy messaging. Morgan wants to be a voice in her community on the importance of prevention, and how it can create stronger, safer communities.
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.
Hope is a junior at Morgan County R-II. She is a member of the Morgan County CLEAR coalition, as well as Tobacco Free Tigers, where she was the top points winner for participation. Hope is an active member of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and is involved in regular seat belt checks with the organization.
Hope has been a member of her school’s volleyball team since the 7th grade, and she is a certified lifeguard. She is also active in a variety of school clubs, including Fellowship for Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Chamber Choir, Beta Club, where she is the historian.
The reason drug and alcohol prevention is so important to Hope is because of her concern for her community and the people who live in her county. Versailles is a very tight knit community and they all care very much about each other. The safety and health of the citizens depends on people who are willing to step up and be leaders in a variety of situations. Hope would like to be a positive example of living a healthy and positive life. If someone in her community has an alcohol or drug problem, Hope cares about their future and well-being. She does not want to just talk about making changes; she wants to be a part of making things better by serving as an ambassador for the youth of Missouri. Hope says that many people her age do not think their voices matter, but she wants to be the one that shows them that you do not have to follow the crowd. It is possible to be the one who stands up and makes a difference within a community. Drugs and alcohol can have such a lasting effect on people and their lifestyle, and she would love to have the opportunity to spread the word about drug and alcohol prevention.
Samantha is a senior at Calvary Lutheran High School. She has been a member of the Student Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) since 2013, and held the role of President for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school year. She has also served as Red Ribbon Week Chair and the Suicide Prevention Week Chair. Samantha has also been active in Key Club since 2013, serving as the Vice President during the 2015-2016 school year.
Samantha volunteers in her community in a variety of roles, including with the American Red Cross, the Food Pantry, and the Calvary Lutheran Elementary School. She is also active in athletics through soccer and track and field.
Drug and alcohol prevention is key to maintaining a healthy community. Substance abuse is something Samantha takes seriously and she tries her best to work towards its prevention. Drug and alcohol abuse is a problem, no matter who you are, where you are, or your age. We can work to limiting this problem and try our best to eliminate it in our communities. To do so it is important to promote prevention. Studies have shown that high quantities of alcohol and drugs lead to domestic violence. Samantha wants her community to be drug free and the abuse to stop. She believes this will create a better environment in my community and for the strength of her community to grow.
Lauryn is a junior at Calvary Lutheran in Jefferson City, MO. She has been a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) since 2014, where she has been a member of various committees, including the SADD Day Committee, It Only Takes One Committee, and the Red Ribbon Week Committee. She was also the 2016 Prevention Day Student Spokesperson.
Lauryn is also active in her school’s Key Club, where she has been a member since 2014, and became a Board Member in 2015-2016. She volunteers for a variety of causes through her membership in Key Club, including volunteering at the Special Learning Center and American Red Cross.
Drug and alcohol prevention is important to Lauryn for a number of reasons. It is important that everyone is kept safe, and Lauryn does not want any of my friends or family to die directly or indirectly as a result of drugs and alcohol. Lauryn also wants her peers to do well in school and in their lives after school. It is very important to Lauryn that her peers are aware of the consequences of drug and alcohol usage.
Traffic crashes are a major cause of death for Missouri teenagers; primarily due to inexperience behind the wheel, lack of seat belt use, speeding, texting / distracted driving; and under the influence of a substance . Alcohol can play a major factor in teen crashes, especially during prom and graduation seasons.
The goal of a mock crash is to educate teenagers and young adults about the tragedy of traffic crashes and to reinforce the importance of seat belts, paying attention behind the wheel and to show the consequences of drinking and driving.
Harrisonville High School SADD students will present the steps they took to make a mock accident for their high school this spring. Their experiences and a video will be shared.
Roseann Hoffman, Advisor
Harrisonville High School SADD members
Harrisonville High School SADD is a group that works to provide education and prevention on issues with underage drinking, other drug use risks, impaired driving, and other decisions. They also work to deter drinking as well as drug use. They participate in activities such as Red Ribbon Week, Project After Prom, and special community service projects. They have hosted a recovery panel with recovering drug and alcohol users through the Cass County Drug Court. These individuals shared their amazing stories of abuse and recovery with HHS students to raise awareness of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.