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WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department recently graduated local students from the DARE program. The following students won DARE Essay Awards:
Richland Creek Elementary: Nyiah Maldonado, Jenicka Vargas, Mya Thrower and Isaiah Sexton, all of Kristen Fitzpatrick’s class.
Franklin Academy: Sadie Pegram, Jacob Morris, Christian DiLorenzo, Anne Marie Elie all of Harmony Glenn’s class; Julia Allen, Callie Keehbler, Colin Cunniffe and Laurel Lapish, all of Lorraine Rudiak’s class; Alyssa Manning, Marjorie Webb, Wesley Piper and Hailey Brame all of Lauren Padgett’s class; Kamryn Dixon, Emily Sandberg, Carolyn Gaug and Seth Rodriguez, all of Tracy Wardwell’s class; and Ashley Krahulec, Ryan Lockhart, Kasey Clift and Billy Bardes, all of Kim George’s class.
Wake Forest Elementary School: Kara Solomon, Heather Booth, Brennan Guntang and Dekyia Harris, all of Jodi Freudig’s class; Lexie Triblehorn, Kristen Mills, Chloe Sherer and Tivon Harris, all of Mrs. Martin’s class; Rachel Giles, Andrew Kunz, Mikayla Pugh and Aaliyah Lucas, all of Rose McCabe’s class; and Morgan McPhatter, Kieran Deskus, Elijah Dagner and Kayla Strevig, all of Will Vielman’s class.
Heritage Elementary School: Hannah Vial, Ariana Kunce, Kylee Hughes and Karley Blessington, all of Mr. Marion’s class; Jenna Weigand, Juliana Galofaro, Alexa Jimenez and Lilly Weeks, all of Margaret Langdon’s class; Christina Bourne, Sydney Buchanon, Sarah Colebank and Ellie Bellia, all of Rebecca Townsley’s class; Ally Marks, Hope Dominque, Keegan Culp and Rachael Osteen, all of Joanne Galofaro’s class; Landon Sloan, Madi Crum, Lydia Moore and Owen Warden, all of Jessica Downing’s class; Aiden Johnson, Hannah John, Madelynne Deaner and Aynslee Grasso, all of Tammy Bunn’s class; and Mackenzie Shatilla, Brooke Robinson, Jordan Mathias and Jacob Collinson, all of Cheryl Glassey’s class.
The DARE program wouldn’t be a success without role models from area high schools. Local role models include:
Elizabeth Morgan, Caroline Perry and Ben Singers from Wake Forest High and Jessica Graham and Nikki Bell from Franklin Academy.
These high school students took time to visit with fifth grade DARE students, answer any questions and share how they have been a success.
They also explained why they should make responsible and healthy life decisions as they move forward in their lives.
The DARE Program is a partnership between the Wake Forest Police Department, town of Wake Forest, local schools and parents to strive to teach youth to make positive and healthy life decisions regarding drugs and alcohol.