Created on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Four area high school students were recognized Tuesday evening during the Logan County Drug Free Youth Coalition’s annual Celebrate Youth event for their efforts to curb teen drug and alcohol use in their communities.
The winners of the Logan County Drug Free Youth Coalition’s Above and Beyond Awards presented Tuesday evening at the annual Celebrate Youth event were, from the left, clockwise, Katelyne Ackley, Heather Comer, Audriana Jordan and Kinsey Harman.
Following dinner at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, the coalition’s Above and Beyond Awards were presented to Kinsey Harman of Bellefontaine High School, Heather Comer from Riverside High School, Audriana Jordan of Indian Lake High School and Katelyne Ackley from Benjamin Logan High School.
Heather’s nominator Becky Robison said she is “making a difference in many ways at Riverside.” The student was active in helping to bring motivational speaker and former Ohio State University football player Joel Penton to her school, and in developing ideas for Red Ribbon Week.
Audriana Jordan is a peer mentor “who spends time listening to others,” nominator Deb Metzger said. She assisted with each of the activities of the ILHS SADD chapter has hosted this school year, including the recent Joel Penton and Ryan Holliday concert and Kick Butts Day to combat tobacco use.
She also helped to present the “Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs” program at Indian Lake Elementary School.
BLHS student Katlyne was active in recent Above the Influence activities, where students describe ways to rise above drug and alcohol use, along with other activities with the Raiders Against Destructive Decisions chapter.
“She’s always a positive example for each of our fellow students,” nominator Rob Painter said.
Kinsey’s nominator Kristy Mount noted that she “is a model for a drug-free lifestyle.” The BHS pupil reportedly helps to lead several extracurricular programs that are alternatives for drug or alcohol use, including powder puff football games and other social type events for students.
She also helped organize Red Ribbon Week and the Just Drive program that encourages students to get rid of driving distractions.
Ms. Mount also was honored with the Adult Above and Beyond Award, recognizing her dedication to working with youths on drug and alcohol prevention for 15 years.
Student representatives from each of the schools also gave reports on the 10 different youth-led projects funded by the coalition during the past year.
Finally, four youth council members also discussed the underage drinking issue that was explored during their participation in the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America conference in Washington, D.C.
Members of the Indian Lake Middle School Spectaculars show choir perform a rendition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller at the Logan County Drug Free Youth Coalition’s annual Celebrate Youth event Tuesday evening at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. The ILMS Sophisticlefs also performed during the event. EXAMINER PHOTOS | MANDY LOEHR