Red Ribbon Week began to honor the memory of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena who was killed by suspected drug dealers because of his work to rid his community of illegal drugs. Camarena believed that one person could make a difference.
George West ISD participated in the week long recognition by participating in a variety of activities. A BMX bike show, door decoration contests, wear RED days, creating anti-drug slogans, camouflage day (fighting against drugs) were just some of the activities in which GWISD students participated. Elementary door contest winners were Mrs. Anderson’s class, first place; Mrs. Arciba’s class, second; and Mrs. Valverde’s class, third. The junior high contest winners were Mrs. Keadle’s advisory class in first place, and Mr. Devanney’s advisory class in second place.
The high school participated in “Every 23 Minutes” activity sponsored by the student council. Statistically, every 23 minutes a teenager dies of a drug /alcohol related accident. This statistic was made real to the students throughout the day one day last week. Every 23 minutes, Counselor, Kelly James, made an announcement that someone else had just died. Every 23 minutes, a GWHS student was selected to “die” a simulated death. Other students were forced to go through the day without the gift of friendship from those who died.
Winston Daniels, GWHS senior, was one of the unfortunate students who, by a drug related incident, died. “This activity made me think about the true impact that drugs can have on me and my friends. I would hate to go through the rest of my life without someone who’s friendship I valued.”
Junior Hillary Sellman, who is friends with Daniels, responded to his “death” by commenting, “Winston is my bubba! I would hate it if anything really happened to him or my friends. I would hope that we all make good decisions to make sure something like that never really happens.”