Residents, groups honored for anti-drug efforts Ceremony held in Ellicott City

December 15, 1996|By Katherine Marks | Katherine Marks,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Howard County residents who work together to stop drug abuse have been honored at the county executive's 5th Annual Partnership Awards Program at Taylor Manor Hospital in Ellicott City.

The awards, which were presented Wednesday, are sponsored by the Howard County Substance Abuse Impact Services Office.

Joyce Brown Weddington, Howard County substance abuse impact coordinator, said the awards were started when she and the county executive realized five years ago that efforts to fight substance abuse were disjointed. "There were good efforts, but they were often fragmented," she said.

The honorees included:

Centennial High School Principal Linda Mitic, for creating the Eastern Coalition Against Substance Abuse last year while she was assistant principal of Oakland Mills High. That organization now includes six county high schools.

Weddington said Mitic was singled out because her group "pulls together a whole lot of folks." She said the coalition includes police, teachers and substance abuse administrators.

The Police Department's Youth Services Section, for its efforts to keep county youths drug-free through programs such as D.A.R.E. and Bear Trax.

Youth Services works with a number of other agencies, Weddington said. "They don't do any program just within themselves," she said.

Twelve Mayfield Woods Middle students who formed Kids Against Tobacco, an anti-smoking program for fourth-graders, were honored in a new youth category.

The students stay away from tobacco and try to keep younger children from smoking by setting an example.

The Alcohol Citation Diversion Program of the county state's attorney's office, which requires 18- to 20-year-olds who receive alcohol citations to complete community service and drug and alcohol classes.

The Cedar Lane Work Enclave Program, which teaches students job skills and lets them assist Mothers Against Drunken Driving.

The Cops as Peers Program, in which police officers mentor middle school students.

The State Police Crash Team for its campaign to reduce motor-vehicle accidents.

Reality Check, a student drama group run by Students Helping Other People that addresses substance-abuse issues.

The Trauma Prevention Team of the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, which shows youngsters graphic depictions of how their actions can harm others.

Nargis Comiskey and Melissa Treuth, who have been on victim impact panels and have spoken to offenders for M.A.D.D. since their father was killed by a drunken driver.

Howard County State's Attorney Marna McLendon for her support of M.A.D.D.

Barbara Mongello, a teacher at Burleigh Manor Middle School who formed the School's Community Action Team, which works to prevent drug use.

Susan Roach, a mother and teacher who has worked to teach children to stay drug-free.

Becky and Guy Rendell, long-time M.A.D.D. volunteers.

Pub Date: 12/15/96

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