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‘Shattered Dreams’ at Poth High School March 4-5

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February 26, 2014 | 2,862 views | Post a comment

By Mackenzie Collins

Statistics say that every 15 minutes there is an alcohol-related death, and every two minutes there is an alcohol- related injury. Everyone has heard about the dangers of alcohol and drinking and driving and the possible outcomes just about all their lives. Most of the time, people just ignore the precautions until they are standing face-to-face with tragedy.

“Shattered Dreams” will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, March 4-5, on the Poth High School campus. Throughout the day, students will hear a heart beat on the intercom, and they will announce that one of their classmates has been killed in a drunk driving accident. This will give students an idea of what it’s like to lose someone, or multiple people, that are close to them.

I asked a few students why they wanted to be in Shattered Dreams. “I don’t think that the effects of drinking while intoxicated really sink in with high school students,” junior Marisol Palacios said. “Maybe seeing a real life re-enactment might make a difference. I want to be a part of that.”

Senior Jeremiah Olivo said, “I wanted to be in Shattered Dreams because I personally don’t like alcohol. I believe it serves no purpose at all.”

“I participated in the Living Dead my freshman year while my sister was a senior in the crash site,” said senior Blake Lyssy. “I saw the impact it made and wanted to be a part of it my senior year.”

Students hope to get a lot out of the program.

“I hope to help impact those that openly joke about alcohol consumption,” Marisol said. “I want to be able to be a part of someone’s reason to make a smarter decision that just might save someone’s life. I hope that the dangers of drinking and driving will finally sink in with those that may make irresponsible decisions such as that.”

“I want to be more understanding and to set an example, to get students to realize how harmful this stuff actually is,” Jeremiah said.

“I hope to make an impact or statement for others as well as upon myself,” Blake said. “Reality check. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t text while driving either. Seeing their friends hurt or dead will open their eyes.”

These students feel that the program will help.

Marisol said, “I think that if people will try to take it seriously, it will impact them. However, others will brush off the entire event.”

“When I watched it as a freshman, it generally impacted me,” said Jeremiah. “I believe it will do the same for others.”

“It will open the eyes for some,” Blake said. “But it won’t stop kids from drinking illegally.”

As part of the program, these students read their own obituary, written by their parents.

“It was kind of scary how comfortable I felt with the idea of being gone,” Marisol said.

“I thought it was easy,” Jeremiah said. “My mom ... didn’t.”

Blake said, “My mom made mine. It was creepy to see everything written in past tense.”

There will be some roads closed on Tuesday due to the mock crash that will be held at the high school. There will be a mock memorial service for the students involved on Wednesday at the VFW hall.

Junior Journalist Mackenzie Collins is the daughter of James and Rosalie Collins. The Poth High School junior works part time at Dairy Queen and participates in softball and track. She hopes to work in the fields of psychology and youth ministry after high school.

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