Several Sylvania students won national awards at the 35th annual Wold Drug Prevention Conference held April 4 through April 6 at the SeaGate Convention Centre in downtown Toledo.
The P.E.A.C.E. project, organized in 2007 by Northview and Southview students to under the guidance of Bill Geha, Intervention and Prevention Services Coordinator for Sylvania Schools, won the Innovative Program national award. The project, Protecting Every Abused Child Everywhere, started with 14 students from both schools to address the issues of child abuse and bullying, has grown to several thousand members nationwide.
Southview senior Katie Spratt, a member of America’s Pride, was presented with the Drug Prevention national award for her efforts and leadership.
America’s Pride dancers Matt Williamson of Northview, Austin Kurth, Mikey Pasztor and Dorie Fobbs of Southview and Brad Hashim of Bowling Green State University received a national award for the Best Dance Crew. Jenny Lafferty of Arbor Hills Junior High School, won the America’s Pride Idol first place.
Members of the state of Ohio team under the direction of Mr. Geha, attending the conference included: Shede Agosti, Dorie Fobbs, Austin Kurth, Laurel Lovitt, Mikey Pasztor, Katie Spratt and Helene Moulopoulos of Southview and Alyssa Maunz, Rachel Stubleski and Matt Williamson of Northview, Morgan Tellam-Mannario of Arbor Hills and Brad Hashim of Bowling Green State University.
America’s Pride Drug Prevention Team of Toledo presented three workshops dealing with issues such as bullying and disrepect. “The students organized three very powerful workshops focusing on what teens face every day. They invited hundreds of those in attendance to join them and speak with one voice to end the violence, be tolerant and respect all,” Mr. Geha noted. He and Ken Newbury coordinate the local America’s Pride group.