Congratulations Hannah!

Hannah's submission to the "Here's me Drug Free" Facebook photo contest received 74 "Likes." Hannah is a member of the Teen Advisory Council (TAC) and the winner of the $100 gift card. Thank you to all who submitted, liked, and shared photos.

HC DrugFree's Adopt-A-Road Cleanup

Teen Advisory Council (TAC) students and families volunteered to help clean up trash on Cedar Lane, HC DrugFree's adopted road, in Columbia. The Department of Public Works Adopt-A-Road Program aims to encourage local volunteers to keep our community's roads free of litter. Click here to go to the Teen Advisory Council page to view more pictures of the event!

Parent After Prom Contest Winner

HC DrugFree is pleased to announce that River Hill High School parent Henrietta Kan won the annual Parent After Prom Contest. Mrs. Kan, the mother of Tiffany (senior) and Athena (junior), will receive a $100 gift card simply because her daughters attended RHHS's After Prom instead of private parties. The contest drawing was held at the June Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meeting. Congratulations Mrs. Kan!  HC DrugFree thanks parents who make the choice not to host parties where there may be drugs and alcohol present. Pictured: Tiffany Kan with her mother Henrietta. 

Life Beyond High School

HC DrugFree staff and volunteers spoke to the senior class at Marriotts Ridge High School about making good choices, the impact drugs and alcohol can have on their future, and how to get help. Speakers were: HC DrugFree's Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Max Allen, Kelly Granahan, and MRHS Assistant Principal Cameron Rahnama.

Celebrating the Life of Tyler Johnson

HC DrugFree staff was proud to nominate their much loved and missed volunteer, Tyler Johnson, for a Celebrating Successes Award through the Howard County Office of Children's Services. Tyler, who was killed in the tragic incident at The Mall in Columbia on January 25, freely shared his compelling story of addiction and recovery with youth and parents at HC DrugFree programs throughout the county. Tyler was committed to doing all he could to spare other youth from experiencing the pain of addiction. On April 30 at the Celebrating Successes Awards Ceremony, Howard and Nora Johnson, Tyler's parents, accepted the O'Donnell Family Award on behalf of Tyler. 

Senior Week Programs a Success

HC DrugFree's annual Senior Week: Staying Safe in Ocean City programs drew over 425 Howard County parents and teens. The two programs, March 13 at Atholton High School and March 20 at River Hill High School have become a ritual for many in the county. Many parents insist on attending with their teens before allowing their teens to participate in the post graduation week at the beach. Pictured from the March 13 program at Atholton High School are Atholton High School principal and HC DrugFree Board Chair Jennifer Clements, Ocean City Police Corporal Howard Caplan, Ocean City Beach Patrol Sergeant James McVey, and HC DrugFree Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi.

HC DrugFree TAC Members at Latino Fair

HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council members helped provide information to fair goers at the annual Latino Fair at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center on Saturday, March 15. HC DrugFree provides services, including programs, referrals, and informational brochures, in Spanish as well as English.

Congressman Elijah Cummings Speaks to Wilde Lake Students and Faculty

HC DrugFree was pleased to partner with Wilde Lake High School in bringing Congressman Elijah Cummings to speak to the students and faculty on December 6th. Congressman Cummings challenged the students to find the "enemy of their destiny" and to ask themselves, "What will stop me from being all God made me to be?" Cummings identified two common enemies to the destinies of young people as the wrong friends and drugs. "If you want to be great, hang out with great people," he said, going on to say that sometimes people get into trouble by hanging out with the wrong kids. And taking drugs is chasing death, according to the Congressman, "Drugs are the enemy that throws them off their path." He begged each teen to look at the enemy of his or her destiny. If the enemy is friends, get new ones. If the enemy is drugs, address it. Shaping your destiny will impact not just your life, but your children and their children. This is bigger than you!

Pictured above: HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Wilde Lake High School student and HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council member Juliana Kaiser, Congressman Elijah Cummings, and Wilde Lake High School Principal James LeMon.

Athena Kan Wins Governor's Service Award

Congratulations to Athena Kan, HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council member and River Hill High School junior on being awarded the Governor's Service Award for her outstanding service to the community.