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High schoolers pitch 'Healthy Highs'

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‘HEALTHY HIGHS’: Banners featuring students from each of the county’s four high schools appeared around the courthouse square in downtown Frankfort last week to advise kids to avoid drugs and alcohol.Each local celebritytout his or her preferred “Healthy High,” such as volleyball, FFA or cheerleading.
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‘HEALTHY HIGHS’: Banners featuring students from each of the county’s four high schools appeared around the courthouse square in downtown Frankfort last week to advise kids to avoid drugs and alcohol.Each local celebritytout his or her preferred “Healthy High,” such as volleyball, FFA or cheerleading.
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BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

Take a stroll around the courthouse square in downtown Frankfort to see the new banners displayed, thanks to local high school students and Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition.

According to Operations Manager Kathy Martin, “We did a banner project with all of the high schools called ‘Healthy Highs for Teens.’ Some of the banners are up around the square already, thanks to the city Parks Department.”

Martin said park employees hung the banners last week on the light poles as they removed the holiday banners.

Over the next few weeks, banners will also be taken to all of the small towns for display throughout Clinton County. The goal is to expose as many young people to the campaign as possible, Martin said, so students from all corners of the county learn there are many ways to enjoy “Healthy Highs” while staying drug- and alcohol-free.

The promotion utilizes the most effective social media ever invented: word-of-mouth messages from peers you like and admire. 

HCCC sponsored the banner project using a grant from the Drug and Alcohol Coalition, Martin explained. The banners follow a similar poster project featuring high schoolers that was done previously.

Students were asked to participated and given a time to have their photographs taken. Anyone who showed up for the photography session with Missy Beeks-Cornell of the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce was included in the campaign, said Martin, adding that they tried to feature a variety of activities in which students were involved.

The high schoolers participating and their activity by school included:

Rossville: Dawson Freeman, Volleyball; Courtney Rodkey, FFA; Noah Spear, FFA; Emma Bright, Track; Robin Blackwell, Tennis

Frankfort: Aubrie Field, Cheerleading; Beatriz Tovar, Soccer

Clinton Central: Owen Smith, Football; Austin Orem, FFA; Hannah McQuinn, Basketball; Kalie Burnette, FFA

Clinton Prairie: Sam Schoonveld, Football; Sara Schoonveld, Volleyball; Alyssa Lukasik, Volleyball; Tatum Neal, Basketball; Rebecca Lloyd, Cross Country; Mitch Coapstick, Basketball; Holly Loveless, Softball; and Caiden Maish, Football

Students were enthused to be included in the promotion, Martin said.

 “It was an honor to be chosen because that means they trust me and know I don’t do drugs,” said Emma Bright, a member of the Rossville High School track team.

Sam Schoonveld, who played football at Clinton Prairie and has signed his letter of intent to play for the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds in the fall, wanted to participate to support the community project.

“I feel that anything I can do to help the community in a positive manner is a great service,” he said, “and I’m willing to help anyone at any time who is in need.”