Five local high school students were honored by the Bulloch County Commission on Human Services June 12, during the organization’s annual awards program for Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA).
Adeana Brinson of Bulloch Academy, Gloria Wiggins of Portal High School, Salena Neuwar of Southeast Bulloch High School, and Will Tucker of Statesboro High School each received an Outstanding Club Member Award and $300 for earning the most points and showing the greatest involvement in their school’s CMCA youth council activities this year.
Lindsay Cork of Statesboro High School received the $2,000 Change in Action Scholarship. The scholarship is given annually to a junior or senior club member who best answers an essay question based on their experiences within their CMCA youth council. Cork’s award-winning essay showed a clear example of “change in motion” with examples of her work on the youth council, and how she plans to continue influencing change in her community, both in Bulloch County and throughout college. Cork will attend Bringham Young University in the fall.
CMCA is a community organizing program designed to reduce underage, youth access to alcohol. The direction of the program is guided by four youth councils comprised of students from Statesboro High, Southeast Bulloch High, Portal Middle High and Bulloch Academy. Youth councils have been instrumental in bringing awareness to the community about the dangers of underage drinking.
The program, provided by the Grants to Reduce Alcohol Abuse and the Bulloch County Commission on Human Services strives to motivate students to be peer leaders in their schools and communities and to help educate others about the dangers associated with underage drinking.
Pictured Above: (L-R) Gloria Wiggins, Lindsay Cork, Emily Austin (CMCA Coordinator), Will Tucker and Adeana Brinson.