PORTER COUNTY | Last month 70 adults came together and watched as eight Porter County students were recognized for the difference they are making in the fight against substance abuse.
Each of the eight students had won an award and honor for their submission to the Red Ribbon contests in the spring in Porter County schools. Two students each received a $500 scholarship for their essay on the importance of being drug free. Tyler Birmingham, a senior from Kouts High School and Elizabeth Wood, a senior from Washington Township High, each read their winning entry and received a standing ovation from the audience. Their activities and dedication to the cause were exemplary and deserving of the scholarship. Great Lakes Labs of Valparaiso donated one of the scholarships.
There were two poster winners, Dylan Fishburn, a senior at Hebron High, and Emily Jerome a student at Chesterton Middle School. The placemat winners were Sheri Orlando and Julie Tarpley from Washington Township Schools, Claire Bailey from Liberty Intermediate School and Michael Magnetti from Northview Elementary. Awards for the students were donated by Porter County Treasurer Michael Bucko, Porter County Judge Julia Jent, Porter County Sheriff David Lain, Porter County Clerk Karen Martin, Porter County Recorder Jon Miller and Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas.
Dedicated to working for a drug-free Porter County, the Substance Abuse Council is your county’s oldest coalition working in the battle against drugs.