Prevention peer leaders trained

Monday, March 27, 2006

Several junior high school students have been trained as peer leaders for Amazing Alternatives – the 7th grade component of a comprehensive, research-based underage drinking prevention curriculum proven to deter the onset of alcohol use by youth.

The program is offered through the Pledge for Life Partnership – Life Education Center program to 17 participating schools in Kankakee and Iroquois counties. Classes for 6th, 7th and 8th graders focus on parent communication, peer influence and community response to adolescent alcohol use. It was developed by the Hazelden Foundation and the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health and was evaluated in the largest and most rigorous alcohol use prevention trial ever funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Students trained to date from participating schools include:

Aquinas Catholic Academy: Margaret Gay’s class; Andrew Berens, Taylor Divit, Dylan Donley, Jillian Glazar, Collin Barr, Austin Herman, Sarah Kidwell, Allison Noel and Garrett Offermann.

St. Patrick Academy-Momence: Matt Thyfault’s class; Brandon Denton, Andrew Siwicki, Bailey Boicken and Kaylie Kinstner.

St. Joseph School: Marilyn Gruber’s class; Matthew Hennessy, Jace Huggins,
Jessica Koppi, Abbie Young, Kayla Cotsones and Abe Sorich.

Grant Park Middle School: Lesa Namchick’s class; Derek Fick, Kodi Knight, Kristen Garey, Jillien Ewoldt, Josh Mitchell, Brett Buttle, Tyler Williamson, Nicole Proctor, Brianna Farmer and Josh Junker.

Kankakee Junior High School: Darren Dayhoff’s class; Arelius Washington, Jackson Zirkle, Eligha Brooks, Anthony Jamerson, Ashton Jeffries, Aaron Tetter, ZsaQui Wheeler, Marcus Pope, Jesus Garcia, Martez Person, Chris Anderson, Anthony Robinson, Lamont Hawkins, Uzziel Ceja, ToVont’e Dabney, Anthony Beck, Corron Smith, Aaron Hall, Jesus Gaytan, Sanchez Hill-Taylor, Lamarius Hunt, Luis Guzman, Nicholas Allen, Billy Porter, Bryan Terrell, Dillon Grant, Michael Mcvey, Ryne Merrick, Justin Hunger and Joel Ramos.

St. Paul’s Lutheran School: Duane Ferrebee’s class; Nicole Barnett, Ryan Carruthers, Dylan Fischer, Daniel Ford and Trey Love.

St. George School: Lori Slattery’s class; Taylor Drez, Luis Martinez, Jeremy Mead, Jason Mullikin, BriAnne Sells, Rachel Fritz, Steven Grosso, Donnie Konemann, Amber Owen.

LCC Montessori: Nikki Dailey’s class; Brandi Coy, Victoria Lee, Brenna McCoy, Amber Pruitt-Riggins, Rickeila Tucker, Kerry Carter, Cody Netzel, Kaitlin Blakeney and Macy Ostrowski.

Cissna Park Junior High School: Nita Benner’s class; Steven Maul, Tanner Young, Kathryn Merkle, Hayley Feller, Shelby Garrison, Adam Kaeb, Ashlyn Kaeb and Philip Kaeb.

John L. Nash Middle School: Tonya Lemenager’s class; Luke Gash, Rusty Dubois, Mary LeDoux, Rachel Lloyd, Courtney Halas, Felicia Sweet, Michael Morrison, Seth Kleinert, Trent Faulkner, Kyle Frake, Allie Jensen, Kymber Nakaerts, Michael Balthazor, Tim Lanoue, Patricia McKissack and Danielle Merkle.

To learn more about the Pledge for Life Partnership – Life Education Center’s underage drinking prevention efforts, call the Partnership office at 936-4606.

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