Bailey students honored in drug awareness essay contest
Bailey students honored in drug awareness essay contest
Posted on 03/23/2016
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Each year, Elks Lodges across the nation hand out 6 million pieces of literature and hold various programs in the schools and the community with the purpose of raising awareness and educating our youth on the dangers of drugs. This year, West Haven’s Lodge was proud to participate in the national program by coordinating locally an essay contest among 7th graders with a theme of "Just Don’t Do It."

The contest was distributed in the schools, and out of the all the essays received, four winners were selected based on their discussion of the dangers of trying drugs for the first time, the loss of health and quality of life due to addiction, how to avoid peer pressure, and personal family issues they have experienced firsthand.

The four students selected read their winning essay aloud at the Lodge and received a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card. Two of the winders, Bailey students Chloe Caprio and Andrew Brown, won Regionals and have now been entered into the statewide contest.

Lodge members said they were so impressed with the maturity these students portrayed throughout their essays, but noted that the last line of Andrew Brown’s essay summed it all up:  “By saying no to drugs, you are saying yes to your future.”   


Pictured are:

David Howard Exhaulted Ruler, Dorinda Borer Elks Drug Awareness Chair, Simon Romero – WH Essay Winner, Chloe Caprio – WH Essay Winner & 4th place in Regionals, Andrew Brown-WH Essay Winner and 3rd place in Regionals, Adrianna Nicole Triplett-Essay Winner, and Stephanie Kessler Essay contest co-chair.