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The Cumberland County School Board recognized the following Students of the Month at the meeting held on Monday, October 12, 2015: Marques Kitt (grade 3, son of Olethia Hobson and Lorenzo Kitt), Jenna Stringfield (grade 7, daughter of Joseph Stringfield), and D’Anthony Brooks, son of Maurice Books and Latasha McCrae).
Cumberland High School student John Coleman Phillips was recognized at the September 15, 2015, meeting of the School Board for receiving the West Point Leadership Award. The award, sponsored by the West Point Society of Richmond, is given to an outstanding high school junior in the Greater Richmond Area who demonstrates exceptional performance in the areas of academics, athletics, community service, good citizenship, and leadership. To be eligible, a recipient must have attained an overall grade point average of at least 3.5 or be in the top 10% of his/her class, have participated in either a varsity or club sport, have rendered selfless service to the community, have exhibited the attributes of good citizenship, and have demonstrated the willingness and ability to inspire and lead others. Coleman is currently a senior at CHS.
Photo: CHS senior Coleman Phillips was awarded the West Point Leadership Award.
Several Cumberland High School students attended the 31st Annual Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Program (YADAPP), which was held July 20-24, 2015, at Longwood University. Students focused on the effects and prevention of drug abuse in their school and community and discussed how they could make a difference.
As part of the Conference, each team was asked to develop a Strategies To Act Now Plan (STAN Plan). Their STAN Plans included awareness initiatives such as posters, anti-drinking or smoking promise banners, inviting guest speakers to discuss the challenges teens face and the consequences of poor choices, as well as a campus-wide assembly. Another lareg idea intrudoced was the idea of drug testing athletes at school. The students will presented their STAN Plan at the September 25,2015, School Board Meeting. They plan to start implementing part of the STAN Plan in October. Team members included senior August Hawk, juniors Shayna Swanson, Brittny Price, Trevon Foster, and John Jeffries. They were led by sponsors Melissa Santmyer and Allen Waechter. Alumni Justin Caban attended the conference as a Junior Staff Leader.
Since YADAPP’s beginning in 1984, over 440 schools and 10,000 students have helped their schools learn about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. This year's conference had 86 teams and nearly 90 adult sponsors from across the state. They shared ideas, and competed for STAN Plan mini-grants and Wheeler Awards; a $500 grant was awarded to the school that had the most successful implementation of their previous year's STAN Plan. Conference activities ran from 9:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M., and accommodations were provided by Longwood University. Alumni from previous YADAPP conferences were in attendance to celebrate the program’s 31st anniversary.
Photo: YADAPP attendees included John Jeffries, Trevon Foster, Shayna Swanson, and Brittny Price. (Not pictured: August Hawk).