Aleah Hyvonen, Alex Lehman, and Jacquelin Closs accepting Drive Safe Awards.

Aleah Hyvonen, Alex Lehman, and Jacquelin Closs accepting Drive Safe Awards.

Seniors Alex Lehman and Jacquelin Closs were two of the students who started and won awards for the Drive Safe event. They won citizen awards through South Metro Fire Department, which were also awarded to nominated heroes.

“We are the prevention and prevention is super important because it’s what happens before we have to have heroes, before we have to have incidents that are fatal and scary,” said Lehman.

Parker Adventist, C-DOT, and South Metro Fire Department funded and brought the idea to DECA. DECA students started Drive Safe last year as a way to help the school, and its’ students. Students participated in using drunk goggles, taking part in lunch activities, and getting magnets to put on their cars.

“The biggest thing was that we didn’t see a negative reaction, but we didn’t necessarily see a big positive reaction [either]. "...We didn’t see a negative reaction from the student-body [over all] which was really cool” said Lehman.

Closs and Lehman described the award ceremony at South Metro headquarters as, “full of color”. The ceremony included bagpipers as well. They were also given medals to trade with officials from other departments.

The DECA students are planning the second year of the event to be in November, and to have more activities for the students than last year. They are also applying to go to the national driving convention in North Carolina.

By: Aubrey Bowlus

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