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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

Friday, May 23, 2014

Wheeling Park Students Named Winners Of Drug Free Clubs Essay Contest

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WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — Two Wheeling Park students were recognized today as the winners of the annual Drug Free Clubs of America essay contest. Senior Kerri Smith won first place and was awarded a $500 college scholarship and a special award from the Department of Justice. Shayla McFarland was the runner-up in the contest, which asked club members to discuss the negative impact that marijuana can have upon young people.

Honorable mention winners included Betsy Brossman and Maggie Childers of Wheeling Park High School; Hannah Mozingo of Wheeling Central Catholic High School; Lauren Cline and Shelby Sands, Magnolia High School; and Katelin Bales, Cameron High School.

Drug Free Clubs of America has chapters throughout Northern West Virginia which help students to remain drug-free. The group rewards good choices and empowers members with effective prevention tools to keep them on the right track. Members voluntarily submit to random drug screenings throughout the school year.

William Ihlenfeld, II, United States Attorney for the Northern District, David Robinson of the Wheeling Elks Lodge No. 28, and Bruce Archer of Wheeling Hospital presented the awards to the winners.

Pictured left to right
Wheeling Park Senior Kerri Smith & U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, II

Updated January 7, 2015