Nearly 40 middle and high school students were recognized as Very Important Partners during a Youth Poster Campaign unveiling ceremony last month at Bullitt Central High School.
Each youth has pledged to resist peer pressure, stay away from dangerous substances and focus on academics/college and career readiness so they can lead productive, successful lives.
The VIP selection committee chose 13 youth to appear individually on posters. They are Shelby Krebs of the Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) Program and Bullitt Central High School; Carly Morris, Casie Adams, Tayler Mahoney and Carly Druien of Bullitt East High School; Kailah Habib, Maiyuki Druen and Makenna Vance of North Bullitt High School; Avery Lee, Emma Maddox, Ella Moore and Ian Rock of Bernheim Middle School; and Keelin Davis of Eastside Middle School.
Students appearing with others on posters are:
Makayela Jones, Isabelle Bradley and Erika Hutchinson of Bullitt Central High School; Samuel Brangers of Bullitt East High School and Justin Nation of Mt. Washington Middle School; Ernest Walls, Isabel Hart, Alexis Hodgkins and John Stillwell of Bernheim Middle School; Grace Lopez, Macy Waddle, Alex Contreras, Bailey Korfhage and Tyler Frakes of Eastside Middle School; Patrick Ballard and Zachary Ballard of Eastside Middle School; Jessica Bickett and Kinsey Ballard of Hebron Middle School; Cortney Bolt, Allison Daugherty, Hailey Free and Abigail Hardy of North Bullitt High School; and Tara Bradshaw, Jalen Dunnavan and Kimberly Bennett of Zoneton Middle School.
Bullitt County Partners in Prevention and Bullitt County Public Schools sponsors the program. The Youth Poster Campaign recognizes youth who model a Drug-Free life. The youth are nominated, required to write an essay, go through an interview and vetting process, and then chosen for their example of Drug-Free choices.
District Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator Sarah Smith praised the VIPs for their leadership.
“These youth are our role models and I know each and every parent and nominator is very proud of them,” she said.
2009 VIP Kalynn Walls was the keynote speaker and said each poster pupil is a special light with a bright future.
“Use your own light to do well in the world,” she said. “Welcome to the VIP Club!”
The ceremony featured the unveiling of each poster by Shepherdsville Police Officer Dave Smith and Mt. Washington Police Officer Becky Franklin as the nominator introduced their VIP student.
Each poster was designed by North Bullitt High School teacher Kristin Hawkins with Pleasant Grove Elementary School art teacher Stacena Bohannon incorporating the chosen theme of each VIP. A+ Printing Services produced 150 posters per person or group
As proud family members watched, VIPs autographed posters which will be distributed to every school and in various Bullitt County businesses and government offices.
VIPs are selected every two years.