Ho Co Student FilmFest - HC DrugFree Category

Once again, HC DrugFree was proud to partner with the Ho Co Student FilmFest. The event was held on Friday, March 9 at the Miller Library in Ellicott City. More than 100 youths and adults attended the event to cheer on the student filmmakers.

HC DrugFree's category received 8 films qualifying for judging. 


Pictured:  HCPSS staff and filmfest advisor Ms. Danielle DuPuis, HC DrugFree's Executive Director Ms. Joan Webb Scornaienchi, students Claire O'Saughnessy & Rubama Patwary, and HCPSS staff and filmfest advisor Ms. Jill Lee. Absent from photo: HCPSS staff and filmfest advisor Ms. Binki McKenna.

HC DrugFree's Executive Director to be Inducted into Howard County Women's Hall of Fame


Congratulations to HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi for her upcoming induction into the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame.

Ms. Scornaienchi will be one of three women inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame in 2018. The induction ceremony will be held on March 22 in the George Howard Building in Ellicott City, MD. 

For more information about the event or the three women, visit http://bit.ly/2Ch81HW.

HC DrugFree Standing with National Partners -- Partnering for Prevention

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HC DrugFree was pleased to spend time with old friends and meet new partners in the substance use prevention movement while at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's annual National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, MD. 

Pictured: HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi with Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Instititues of Health (NIH). 

Dr. Compton has worked with HC DrugFree for the past several years and it's always good to hear his latest science-based updates. Dr. Compton's presentation emphasized the importance of prescribing practices, as well as methods of prevention that are school and community based.

HC DrugFree thanks NIDA for partnering with us throughout the year and we extend a special thank you to Dr. Compton for making himself available to us and cheering on our efforts.

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Pictured:  Joan with Mr. Richard Baum, Acting Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) holding a "We Want YOU - Partnering for Underage Drinking Prevention" sign to be used later that day at a prevention rally in D.C. 

Mr. Baum has been a member of ONDCP's staff since the late 1990s and he was named Acting Director of ONDCP by President Trump in March 2017. 


Substance Use and Its Impact on Academic Achievement and Mental Health

HC DrugFree, Howard High School PTSA, and Bonnie Branch Middle School PTA partnered to present: SUBSTANCE USE AND ITS IMPACT ON ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH with expert speaker Dr. Amelia Arria. 


Pictured: Bonnie Branch Middle School Principal Dr. Andrew Cockley, Howard High School PTSA President Donna Sudbrook, Bonnie Branch Middle School's HC DrugFree Parent Rep Gina McGuinness, HC DrugFree's Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Dr. Amelia Arria, and Howard High School Principal Mr. Nick Novak.

Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health.

Dr. Arria’s research has focused on the risk and resiliency factors that contribute to mental health and substance use problems among adolescents and young adults.  Her most recent work has clarified the impact of substance use, particularly excessive drinking and marijuana use, on academic achievement. She is the Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded prospective College Life Study, which annually assessed the behavioral health of 1,253 college students through their young adult years. Much of her work has direct relevance to parents, communities, educational professionals and policy makers. 

St. Louis Home and School Association Invites HC DrugFree to Speak to Parents

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HC DrugFree's team provided a drug and alcohol update to parents at St. Louis School located in Clarksville. 

The speakers included HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi and the owner of Congruent Counseling, Mark Donovan.

Pictured: Sheri Lewis, Home & School Association, President; Camilla Duffy, Home & School Association, Treasurer; Joan Webb Scornaienchi; Tina McMorland, Home & School Association, Secretary; and Mark Donovan. 

Howard County Future Business Leaders of America Region Conference

Thank you to the Howard County Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Megha Sharma, the President of Long Reach High School’s FBLA chapter and Region 5 Vice President, for inviting Joan Webb Scornaienchi and John Scornaienchi to present “Gaining a Competitive Edge” at the FBLA Regional Leadership Conference earlier today.

The conference was held at Long Reach High School in Columbia and open to all Howard County schools.

FBLA is the largest student lead business organization in the world.


Pictured: John Scornaienchi, Director, Public Sector, Grant Thornton LLP; Megha Sharma, President of Long Reach High School’s FBLA chapter and Region 5 Vice President; and Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Executive Director of HC DrugFree.

HC DrugFree Speaks to the Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent

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Thank you to the Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent for inviting HC DrugFree to speak at your morning meeting.

Pictured: Rotary's Cliff Feldwick, HC DrugFree's Joan Webb Scornaiench, and Howard County Deputy State's Attorney and HC DrugFree's Board Member Kim Oldham.