NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three Edison High School students from the local chapter Students Against Destructive Decisions attended the 2015 National Conference from June 28 to July 1. The Edison High School SADD representatives arrived a day early for a pre-conference meeting. More than 20 states sent student representatives to Nashville to learn and share new ideas.

Alyssa Royce and Elizabeth Pianucci, senior co-presidents, and Jackie Rodriguez, an underclassman, proudly represented EHS in Nashville.

As a member of SADD SPEAKs, Royce underwent training for Students for Policy Education Advocacy and Knowledge. Pianucci represented the NJ SAB, Student Advisory Board.

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The EHS delegates along with their advisor Patti Jaworski took advantage of the experiences and opportunities that the conference provided by attending workshops on a wide range of topics including mental health, substance abuse, and chapter building. The group actively participated in general sessions and listened to the experiences of guest speakers.

“Being at the SADD National Conference is a new experience each time I attend,” Jaworski said. “Seeing how many students are passionate about SADD’s message is something so refreshing. From an advisor standpoint, being able to share ideas and truly build SADD Nation is incredible.”

Royce and Pianucci presented a workshop to about 100 attendees entitled “SADD Goes to Prom,” which focused on substance abuse during prom weekend. They discussed effective events they have executed including their Letter Writing Campaign and utilizing guest speakers. The workshop explained how other SADD chapters can effectively execute similar events.

The delegates from Edison High School were proud to be recognized as the third best SADD Chapter in the nation. The award was given for exceptional planning and execution of events on local, state, and national levels. EHS SADD members were honored to accept the award from Dawn Texiera, the new President and CEO of SADD National.

The delegates from EHS also received an award for being the 2015 DCH Chapter of the Year. For several years, the DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation sponsored and supported SADD chapters in New York, New Jersey, and California.

Being recognized as the most active and accomplished chapter was certainly a proud moment for EHS SADD. “I was so proud of my chapter for being recognized for all of our hard work. It was very exciting and motivates me to work hard again next year,” Pianucci concluded.

The National Foundation for Teen Safe Driving sponsored the EHS SADD chapter for many actives during the year and for the pre-conference meeting at the National Conference.