Wheeling Park Students took the stage this weekend to be recognized for their award winning work, and that work is empowering other students.
The Students Against Destructive Decisions Club at Wheeling Park High School works all year long making an impact. The one that matters most to them is making sure their friends make good choices and stay safe.
“Although it’s like small things that we do, it sends an overall big message, like drinking and driving and drugs and alcohol and bullying, we try to focus on more topics so I feel like one of those topics, everyone can relate to one of those topics, they’ve all had one of those problems in their own lives,” said Carissa Robinson.
The club made a PSA featured on Teen Kid News, a nationally syndicated news program.
Their video and message won them their second straight activity of the year honor–for the entire state of West Virginia.
“I think the message that we had it was like about tailgating and that bullies tailgate too, I don’t know the whole story that we did, it was just a great message,” said Angela Stevens.
Making the video wasn’t without hard work.
“I think it took two straight, half of one day and then one full day to make it, it was a lot of little things we had to do,” said Stevens.
“We had a lot of fun with the production crew and we got to have a lot of laughs and share some information and learn things we’ve never known about before like how these things are made,” said Robinson.
Although everyone in the club is very proud of the award they say it’s not the title that matters.
“I just love all of the work that we do, and the conferences especially, honestly being in SADD just makes me happy,” said Isabella Gillespie
“You never think a school from a small town will really make a bigger impact and show some people what they can do, but we really have and I’m proud,” said Robinson.