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S.H.O.C.K. students increase drunk driving awareness

Posted: Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Courtesy photos Marcella Madrill takes part in a mock drunk driving accident at Monte Vista High School last Thursday.

MONTE VISTA—Monte Vista High School’s S.H.O.C.K (Student’s Helping Our Community and Kids) Club sponsored a Pre-Prom mock accident on the morning of April 24.

During this activity, students were made aware of the dangers of drinking and driving, as well as texting and driving. Beginning with the Colorado State Patrol, students watched a video presentation showing them actual accident footage, along with interviews of family members and victims.

Then, the “Grim Reaper” escorted them to the accident scene where the drunk driver was arrested and the fire department, local police and paramedics confirmed one fatality. Two other students were then transported by ambulance to the emergency room (gym), where students were able to witness the medical staff in action. Del Norte Hospital Staff members, Candice Allen, Kayla Beiriger and Steve Smith brought their simulation man, so students were able to observe how the staff would work tirelessly to save a life.

Tami Fassett played the distraught mother, which brought the emotional level in the room to a higher level. Many observers had tears in their eyes as Fassett watched her son “die” in the emergency room and were overcome with grief. To conclude the morning’s events, students pledged with their thumbprint not to drink or text and drive.

S.H.O.C.K. would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for making the MOCK accident possible:

MVHS Staff

MVHS Broadcasting Club/Kathy Ellithorpe

MVHS Principal Scott Wiedeman

Monte Vista Fire Department /Pat Sullivan

Monte Vista Paramedics/Stephan Ortega and Betsey Strawn

Monte Vista Police/Evan Lopez

Colorado State Patrol/Trooper Darren Rodriquez, Sargent Noga and Trooper Allen

Del Norte Hospital/Candice Allen, Kayla Beiriger and Steve Smith

STARS Restaurant

Colorado Recycling/Louis Gallegos

City of Monte Vista

Alamosa Dispatch

Tami Fassett

ASU/Michael Geiger

Jolene Dutton

For those who would like to view the video footage, it will be available in approximately two weeks on the school’s website at www.monte.k12.co.us or on the El Monte MVHS Broadcasting Facebook page.

S.H.O.C.K. sponsors are Lara Gordon and Melissa Harlan.

Student club members who helped coordinate the MOCK accident are Kerstin Rilling, Miriam Esquivel, Marcella Madrill, Hailee Atencio, Jessica Cook and Tayler Rocha.

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