I first learned about D.A.R.E. in the 5th grade, our D.A.R.E. officer Craig Seibel did a good job describing the dangers of drugs and alcohol and encouraged us to follow the right path to be strong enough to say ‘NO’ even if your friends are doing drugs or alcohol. I used a lot of what I learned in my D.A.R.E. classes to make good decisions in Jr. High and in different situations with my friends. I hope to be able to work with Officer Seibel in our community to encourage other kids to stay away from drugs, alcohol and violence.
I hope to help make a difference by being a good role model in my school and community by living what I believe and helping people understand the dangers of drugs and alcohol. People in my family have been directly affected by using drugs and alcohol so I know how important it is to know how dangerous drugs and alcohol are and to help others make good choices.
I’m going to be a Freshman this year at South Salem High School here in Salem Oregon. My three dogs Buddy, Champ, and Molly are a huge part of my life as well as athletics. I have done Allstar Cheerleading and gymnastics for 8 years, I am currently on my High School’s Varsity Cheer Squad (sideline and competitive) and I play ASA Softball and next spring High School Softball. By working hard in school and being involved in Community service activities I was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society while at Leslie Middle School, I plan to continue my community involvement through my High School career and work hard in my academics.
Last year I entered our Regional Science Fair and scored high enough to present my science project in the State Science Fair at Portland State University where I took 3rd place in the Mechanical Physics category. My project also earned a nomination for the National Broadcom Science Expo in Washington DC. This was a really exciting nomination because I did my science project on the spins and movement of softball pitching, it was great to do so well learning about something I love to do.
My goal after High School is to play college softball and to get a degree in Criminal Justice, when I finish college I would like to work as a Crime Scene Investigator.
I am very excited and proud to know that I am representing our great State of Oregon in the D.A.R.E. program! I am looking forward to working at events and telling younger kids about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and violence. D.A.R.E.’s message is one of the most important kids can learn, to say “No” and to take care of themselves.