Sixteen Wood County High School Students representing seven school districts gathered at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH last week with other teens from across Ohio to learn more about guiding their schools, community and county in a positive and safe way. The training, held July 15-19, was part of Ohio Teen Institute, a leadership program that focuses on development of resistance skills to peer pressure and drug and alcohol abuse.
Student leaders in Wood County meet several times per year to be trained, to train others in these leadership strategies, and to explore ways to have a good time while avoiding drug and alcohol use and the problems they create. Each summer, key student leaders are chosen to gather at Kenyon College to re-energize, learn additional leadership skills, and prepare for the upcoming year.
From North Baltimore, Becka Adkins was selected to attend this year’s statewide training.Additionally, Kandi King (Lake/Penta), and Jeremy TenEyck (Rossford/Penta)were chosen to serve as youth staff at the Teen Institute event.
Serving as adult staff at the state retreat were Jeanine Lindquist, a prevention specialist with the Wood County Educational Service Center’s School & Community-Based ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug) Prevention Program, formerly serving in the Lake school district.Adult participants were Emily Krynock, a prevention specialist with the Wood County Educational Service Center’s School & Community-Based ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug) Prevention Program, serving in the Otsego and Bowling Green school districts, and Katie Fritz, a student intern from Bowling Green State University.
Registration fees for participants were paid by the Wood County Educational Service Center through a grant from the Wood County ADAMHS (Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services) Board, and by ODADAS (Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services).
Students representing Wood County at Ohio Teen Institute were (front row) Emily Krynock, Sylvia Morris, Jeanine Lindquist, Kandy King, Kayla Taylor-Hackathorn, Daniel Martinez, Karris Pugh, Ali Kopp, Carli Kehres, Becka Adkins, Katie Fritz, and (back row) Emily Drake, Geri Stickles, Jeremy TenEyck, Jessica Root, Rachel Wendt, Katie Baker, Daniel Ingle, Mitchell Pack.