May 15, 2014 at 11:01 PM
SPARTA, NJ-There are many reasons to celebrate in the Springtime. Proms and graduation ceremonies will be filling up the calendars of our youth. Recently, Mayor Molly Whilesmith asked the Principals of Sparta High School and Pope John XXIII High School to identify peer leaders to support and convey the message "Celebrate without Alcohol." The selected teens from both schools met at Station Park for a group photograph taken by Jennifer Dericks of The Alternative Press of Sparta.
The Graphic Design Instructor of the Sussex County Technical School Steven Styles and two student volunteers have worked to create the banner. Students Steven DiModica of Wantage and Michael Mola of Vernon were happy to complete the graphic layout of the overall banner.
Local Celebrate without Alcohol Celebrities from Sparta High School are Sebastian Cook, Julia Corrice, Melissa Di Santi, Angelique Donati, Christopher Frignoca, Erica Pyper and Carly Wolfson. The students from Pope John High School are John Allyn, Blair Berstein, Matt Gomez, Rachel Good, Calleigh Higgins, Hannah Hitscherich, Harry Tanzola and Alison Ward. Marcos Bosio, a student at Sussex County Technical School, is also pictured.
The picture is now being used on banners at the exits of the High Schools to encourage Sparta's youth to enjoy their prom and graduation celebrations safely and responsibly. The Sparta Township Council would like to thank all three High Schools for their corroboration on this project.
The sponsors of this project are Russ Somma of Somma Technologies and Sparta Municipal Alliance Team.
Mayor Molly Whilesmith is currently serving as the Chairwoman of the Sparta Municipal Alliance Team. She said, "Being Chair is one of my most rewarding roles as a council member. It is our sincere hope to have an impact on the students of Sparta, helping them to make appropriate and responsible choices so that they may be safe and successful."
The Sparta Municipal Alliance, originally known as the Youth Development Committee, engages the community to support and promote programs that work to prevent substance abuse. The Sparta committee is comprised of local municipal and school district officials and residents. Together with various partners and sponsors they have promoted programs such as Too Smart to Start and It's Time to Act.
If you would like information or help with substance abuse please contact the Center for Prevention, 61 Spring Street, Newton NJ 07860. Their phone number is 973 383 4787.