ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP —
Prom was not all fun and games, however. To remind students to stay safe during all the fun, adviser Jill Shaw and SADD club members organized a few events to remind students to make responsible decisions. A mock crash has been a tradition for at least 10 years. During the event, senior SADD members acted out a crash to show students how serious and real the consequences can be for making irresponsible choices. Shaw also invited a speaker to address the upperclassmen and hopefully inspired them to make good choices not only on prom night, but every night of their lives. To plan all this, Shaw utilized Sandy Pulsifer, who organizes the mock crash events for all of the schools in the county. Pulsifer coordinates the emergency response teams for this event. Another SADD tradition is when eight seniors dress up as the Grimm Reaper on the day of the mock crash.
“Throughout the six hour school day, they ‘killed off’ eight students by tying a black ribbon on their arm,” said SADD member Robert Taylor. “This meant that they weren’t allowed to speak for the rest of the day. In doing this, though it could be humorous, it was meant to bring to light the number of people who are killed in accidents involving drunk driving. Through this, we hoped that people were able to see the negative impact it has on our society, let alone our school.”
To encourage students to make the right choices, students were able to sign the Prom Promise which was originally started by Nationwide Insurance. In addition to this, the SADD club put on a Chinese auction for students who committed to the Prom Promise. This year, senior SADD members Robert Taylor and Sara Turner contacted many local businesses for donations to promote SADD club and the causes they promoted. They also gave prom-goers a T-shirt to remind them of the promise they made. Annually, prom is a very exciting time for upperclassmen. Through the traditions and related activities, prom was once again a memorable part of the high school experience.