SWW Students Attend Presentation of Survey Results by National Institute of Drug Abuse

Posted on: December 21st, 2012 by Admin

School Without Walls - Lockdown Procedures SWW student, Monique Ndagha can be heard in this video segment taken at the recent National Institute of Drug Abuse event at the National Press Club. You’ll be able to hear Monique shortly after 48:40 on the video located at: http://www.c-span.org/Events/Survey-of-Teen-Drug-Use-Released/10737436717/

Accompanying piece by Delmar Tarragó, 11th grader

The last week of school before vacation: midterms, last-minute studying, holiday spirit, and excitement for the break. After the past week of midterm tests for our year-long classes, I think that it’s safe to say that everybody is ready for a rest. Although the break may not be entirely relaxing for many, especially for juniors with the SAT coming up, it has definitely been long anticipated and will be much welcomed.

Even though midterms have been on most people’s minds, school life continues. On Wednesday the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) announced the results of its 2012 “Monitoring the Future” survey at the National Press Club. Walls had the opportunity to send student representatives to attend this press conference. These results tracked the annual drug abuse trends of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students, including attitudes and perceived risk of specific drugs of abuse. Student representatives, including two seniors doing their senior projects on drug abuse and the two Northwest Current correspondents, Ellie and myself, were able to ask questions and meet the featured speakers. This opportunity was relevant to the school not only because of the age group in which it focused, but also because Walls is a member of the “Community of Concern”, an organization which seeks to promote alcohol and drug abuse awareness and prevention.

With this week over, the break begins, and on behalf of School Without Walls I’d like to wish everyone a happy holiday season!