B.A.D.D. Club Attends forum

Megan Erni, Jill Moomaw, student advisors with team members, Maurcio Negrete, Braxton Jessup and Cody Deshazer. (Provided Photos/ Jill Moomaw)

By Suzanne Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

Three students, Braxton Jessup, Maurcio Negrete and Cody Deshazer, from the Waterville B.A.D.D. (Breaking Addictive and Destructive Decisions) traveled to Great Wolf Lodge in the Seattle area to present their team project along with 500 other students from around Washington State.

Their presentation included sharing what L.E.A.D. stands for: Leaning on others for healthy support; Expressing yourself in healthy ways; Achieving happiness through fun activities; and Don’t be afraid to take a stand. They also shared how they had given this lesson to all 135 elementary students at Waterville School and provided them each of them with a Frisbee to remind them of what L.E.A.D. stands for so they can put it into practice.

The team presented their project to a room of 50 people to compete for a spot to win the grand prize of scholarships to attend the National Youth Leadership Initiative or the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Leadership Conference.

In addition to presenting their project, the team participated in workshops and learned about what other prevention clubs in our state are doing to prevent drug and alcohol use among students. The teams (no more than 6 to a team) have to earn a spot to attend this conference by submitting an application and preparing a project that focuses on prevention ideas.

According to the B.A.D.D. Club student adviser, Jill Moomaw, the team members were inspired to start thinking about next year’s project and will be helping the B.A.D.D. club formulate new ideas for next year.

Cody Deshazer, Braxton Jessup and Maurcio Negrete presenting their project at the Youth Forum. (Provided photos/ Jill Moomaw)