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Local teen leaders meet

RUTLAND - Five Rutland County-area high school students recently participated in the 2009 Vermont SADD Advisor Teen Leadership Conference, which was held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee over a two-day period.

The conference was designed to allow the teens and their advisors to get away and spend time together to identify problems in Vermont and their communities and to develop plans to deal with the issues. The first part of the conference dealt with an examination of the 2009 "Youth Risk Behavior Survey" The "Youth Risk Behavior Survey" is a standardized survey tool that is given to students in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades every two years to Vermont students.

It covers a variety of risky negative behaviors- use of mind-altering substances like alcohol and drugs, use of tobacco, cutting, teen dating violence, bullying, eating disorders, and the like.

Students met in regional teams and developed projects for the upcoming months.

Stafford Technical Center was represented by students Ashley Barnes of Rutland High School, Cierra Phelps of Mill River Union High School, and Kayla Stewart of West Rutland High School with their advisor John D'Esposito.

The Black River High School team consisted of Advisor Brigid Sullivan and student Angela Valente. Proctor's team was student Taylor Trombley and Advisor Claire Molner.

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