Westy Honored in Adams County Youth Challenge
Westminster High School students showed their communications skills and the importance of leading a drug free lifestyle as for the second year in a row they were honored for their work in competition with high schools from throughout the county in in the 2014 Adams County Youth Challenge.
Taking on a unique and important educational challenge, Westminster High School was awarded 2nd place for the second year in a row at the YOUth Anti-Drug Rally. Students were challenged to find the best way to communicate the importance of a drug free life.
Students were asked to:
- INFORM their family, friends and neighbors about the harmful impacts of using drugs and the need to safely store and dispose of drugs
- ENGAGE their family, friends and neighbors in being drug free
- EMPOWER their family, friends, and neighbors to share the positive choices and goals they have for their future
Westy students used a variety of activities to earn second place. Assemblies were aimed at drug prevention and not drinking and driving. In addition, counselors offered support groups, and a video was created of peers and staff members stating “I am drug free because . . .”. This video was shown in classrooms around the school. The annual District 50 Drug Free Youth Conference, which you can learn more about here, was also a factor in Westy’s win.
“Participating in this competition creates an opportunity for WHS students to focus on drug prevention and be creative in our presentation of the material,” said WHS counselor Crystal Piper, who works closely with the students on the competition.
Students and staff hope that the rally can be hosted at Westy next year and are already brainstorming ideas for the 2015 competition. One possibility is to create a presentation for middle school students and get more involvement and input from stakeholders in our community.
The Adams County Youth Challenge is sponsored by the Adams County Youth Initiative, North Metro Task Force and imgoingplaces.org.
More information on the challenge can be found here:
Posted April 24, 2014