Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison presents certificates to the latest D.A.R.E. essay winners, fifth graders from the five Great Bend elementary schools, as their teachers watch during the Great Bend City Council meeting Monday night.
Sixth-grader Meryn Rodgers reads her D.A.R.E. essay, selected as the best at Bradley Elementary School, during D.A.R.E. graduation Nov. 8 at Bradley. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp.
Taylor Hinderliter, a student at Smoky Valley Middle School in Lindsborg, was the winner of the 2016 D.A.R.E. Essay Contest. During the past year, Hinderliter participated in the McPherson County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program, which culminated in writing an essay about the things they learned in the program. Hinderliter is the daughter of Tom and Gail Hinderliter.
Taylor Hinderliter’s D.A.R.E. essay, How D.A.R.E. Has Changed My Life, was selected as the top essay for the state of Kansas. Taylor is a Lindsborg resident. “Imagine this. You’re at a party and BAM, your best friend falls to the ground and is not responding to…”