CCHS students accepted to attend state council workshop

Published 10:00 pm Friday, October 17, 2008

The Chilton County High School (CCHS) Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) group had 20 members chosen to attend the fifth annual Alabama Youth Council (AYC) Workshop.

The workshop was held Thursday at Auburn University in Montgomery. At this workshop, the chosen members will work toward increasing awareness of adolescent risk behaviors.

Anmol Ahuja, Delondra DeJarnette, Amber Keneer, Krista Jones, Janielle Harris, Edward Williams, My’Karia Hogan, Olivia Gardner, Heather McMullins, Gabrielle Tensley, Ken’ya Childress, Joshua Rogers, Cornelia Taylor, Vernice Trimble, Shanta Franklin, Chelsie Staggs, Carlos Turner, Casey Davenport, Devin Rogers

“These kids have worked hard for years. They have put forth a multitude of effort to reach out to not only younger kids but also their peers, to help them in making smart decisions,” said Zina Cartwell, Chilton-Shelby Mental Health Center Prevention Specialist and SADD advisor.

The goal of the AYC is to aid in teaching life skills and increasing academic achievement. The SADD members involved in the AYC will demonstrate the ability to use goal setting skills and interpersonal communication to make good decisions and life a healthier life.

“By showing other students how easy it is to set and reach a goal or how simple it is to feel healthier through self image and communication with others,” Cartwell said.

Since the future is in the hands of today’s youth it is important that the students give and receive support in matters of healthy living and good decision-making. These few students at CCHS are working on going one step further than everybody else to insure that tomorrow is a much brighter day.