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OSAGE — Osage middle school student Meredith Street has been named the runner-up in the state D.A.R.E. essay contest at the Milton R. Owen Nature Center.

Earlier this year, Street, the daughter of Aaron and Anne Street, Osage, was named the local D.A.R.E. winner.

Here is her award-winning essay:

“Why I’m Choosing a Drug-Free Future”

Define, Assess, Respond and Evaluate are the words I have been relying on these past few weeks. They have not only helped me, but have helped my class too! D.A.R.E. has been a great program for helping everyone, like us, solve and conquer our problems. Give D.A.R.E. a shot and it will help you learn lots!
 
I have learned loads and loads of very useful information to use now and when I’m older. For example, not giving into peer pressure, what drugs can do to you (mentally and physically), how to make the right decision, that there are good and bad drugs, and how to be the best you can be! Giving into drugs is not an option, which our D.A.R.E. officer has helped us understand.

I feel like a time I used the D.A.R.E. decision-making model was when I wanted to hang out with my friends but I had homework to do. First I defined the problem. The problem was I had homework but I wanted to be with my friends. Then I assessed the problem which was I could either go with my friends or have late work, or I could do my work and hang out with my friends another time. Later, I responded and decided to do my homework. Before I went to bed, I evaluated my choice and decided it was the right one! The D.A.R.E. decision-making model helped me make the responsible choice.

When I’m older, making many more risky decisions, I know I’ll remember the D.A.R.E. decision-making model. I will use it for picking a college, finding a job, deciding how much to spend on certain things and where to live. I will also feel better about saying no to drugs and things other people want me to do that aren’t good. With the information I learned this year. I’ll feel safe making decisions on my own!

In conclusion, I’ll miss D.A.R.E. lots next year. It’s an awesome class with an awesome D.A.R.E. officer! Putting these ideas into our heads helps us make the right decisions early, instead of not knowing this information and making wrong decisions later in life. I know now, from this class, how to live life to the fullest by using the D.A.R.E. decision-making model and other useful information we learned in D.A.R.E. this very year!

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