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The Telegram
  • Middle school students compete in Drug Quiz Show

  • The Herkimer County Prevention Council, a program of Catholic Charities, sponsored the 13th annual Drug Quiz Show where six Herkimer County schools, Dolgeville, Herkimer, Ilion, Poland, Mount Markham and town of Webb, competed for the title of regional champions at Herkimer County Community College on Thursday.

    The 2013 regional champions were Mount Markham, with Herkimer in second place and Poland in third.

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  • The Herkimer County Prevention Council, a program of Catholic Charities, sponsored the 13th annual Drug Quiz Show where six Herkimer County schools, Dolgeville, Herkimer, Ilion, Poland, Mount Markham and town of Webb, competed for the title of regional champions at Herkimer County Community College on Thursday.
    The 2013 regional champions were Mount Markham, with Herkimer in second place and Poland in third.
    This past fall, the participating schools registered for the game show, formed teams and received a packet full of material to study.
    Accompanied by their school advisors the students spent the day Thursday competing against each other in three games, in a game show format.
    The Drug Quiz Show is a positive alternative for middle school students to empower one another and learn the dangers of substance abuse though a fun opportunity while gaining the knowledge, skills and self-confidence needed to make safe and healthy, real life choices regarding the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, said Maureen Petrie, Herkimer County Prevention Council program director.
    “The schools that compete in the Drug Quiz Show really like it and it gives middle school students a chance to be involved something positive,” said Petrie. “The great thing about this show is that the students learn about drug use in a positive way.”
    Petrie added the game show was originally a statewide program that dissolved in 2000 due to a loss of sponsorship.
    Since then the Prevention Council has taken it over and sponsored the game show for Herkimer County middle schools.
    “This game show has made been made possible by all the advisors and volunteers who have given their time to be apart of the event and we wouldn't have been able to put on such a great show without their help,” said Petrie.
    In today's world it's tough for children to understand the many different types of drugs if they are not informed of them, she added.
    “There are so many new substances popping up all over and it's a good thing for them to be knowledgeable about all the different types of drugs that they might not be aware of otherwise,” said Petrie.
    Poland Middle School student Patrick Mahoney said, “Most kids find out about drugs when it's to late and the game show helps us to learn all about the dangerous of drugs.”
    The game show also offers students a chance to gain self-confidence and believe in themselves.
    “The game show gives us the confidence to be outgoing,” said Peter Burritt, a Poland Middle School student. “You have to be yourself and you can't think about what others are going to think. You just have to go with what you feel is best.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Herkimer health teacher Glenn Manning said the quiz show helps the students to really learn about drugs.
    “Since the students have to study and focus in on several types of drugs they have learned so much more about drugs then they would have before, and it really has helped to give them a broad knowledge,” said Manning.
    Herkimer middle school team captain Elise Davis said the best way to learn the information in the game show packet is to stay organized. “To get ready for the show I read through the packet, wrote notes and studied with my teammates,” she said.
    Since six schools competed in the quiz show it can get a little intimidating during each of the rounds. Davis said the best way to beat that fear is to keep your cool, stay strong and have a good time and just laugh.

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