DHS students selected for prestigious conference

Published 08/29 2014 04:39PM

Updated 08/29 2014 07:40PM

Dothan High School will be sending two students to Washington, D.C. in just a few months.

Cheyenne Trujillo and David Cronin are part of the organization SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and were selected from the nation to attend this conference.

Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Youth Leadership addresses safety driving concerns that impact youth. This issue is a hot topic for the Dothan SADD members, because they know it's the number one killer in youths.

"The moment that they get their keys is the moment they could also possibly lose their lives and this prevention summit is all about raising awareness and trying to stop that and save as many youth of America that we can,” said Trujillo.

Members of SADD have been trying to get into this conference for years and it'll be the first time they've been selected.

"It makes me feel ecstatic that I have students that are taking the message that they're learning in our meetings,” said SADD advisor Chris Payne. “The message of what we stand for as an organization and not only do they want to share it within our community and make our community stronger but they feel like they have a voice nationally that needs to be heard."

David Cronin, who was also selected, said this issue drives home with him. Especially knowing Alabama had one of the highest death rates in teen driving last year.

"When I get in the car my first thought is I have one purpose and that’s to drive and that's the only thing I focus on when I’m behind the wheel of the car,” said Cronin.

Cheyenne has applied for the conference before and didn't get accepted, but now that she's been chosen she hopes to inspire other students.

"I think the best way for teens to just persevere to keep trying for things they have to find the root of their passion,” said Trujillo. “They have to know that even though it might be impossible because I know I am not going to be able to prevent death, that’s obvious, but i am going to try anyways."

Mr. Payne said it's an honor to see these students filled with so much determination. He said seeing them grow from freshman to seniors is all the fuel he needs to continue striving to make a difference.

"What greater honor for all of our city than to know that our students can achieve on such a high level and represent us so well,” said Payne.

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