Windsor High School students celebrate Safe Prom Initiative event before prom |

Windsor High School students celebrate Safe Prom Initiative event before prom

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Laura Ellsworth, sophomore, left, Guy Peters, sophomore, and Spencer Hart, junior, are members of the Windsor High School DEFY team that helped celebrate with students before prom Friday at the courtyard.

Windsor High School students were treated to a live remote broadcast by country radio station K99 before their prom Saturday, thanks to a collaboration between Weld County Prevention Partners, the DEFY Street Team at Windsor High School, high school administration and the After Prom Party Committee, consisting of about 75 parents and community leaders.

The broadcast took place between 11 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Friday in the Windsor High School courtyard. It was not open to the public.

Weld County Prevention Partners (WCPP) Team Windsor, the coalition of concerned citizens who combat the use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs by Weld County youth, is a sponsor of the DEFY Street Team, a leadership group of 20 high school students who promote an anti-drinking and drug use message to other students.

According to a news release from WCPP, the event was part of a Safe Prom Initiative being sponsored by WCPP at eight Weld County high schools. The initiative consists of the distribution of in-school marketing materials promoting a safe and alcohol and drug-free prom, as well as funding for alcohol-free after prom parties.

"We wanted to do something special at Windsor High School, to honor the DEFY Street Team's hard work promoting an alcohol and drug free message to fellow students," said WCPP Coordinator Nomie Ketterling in the news release. "It's not every day a radio station does a live remote broadcast at your school."

Ketterling said lanyards and other gifts were handed out during the event.

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Each year WCPP administers the ACTUALITY survey — at the high school, which measures perception about student lifestyle choices, including the use of alcohol and drugs. The results of the survey in 2014 were announced at Friday's event, but were not available to Windsor Now before press time. In 2012, the data showed that 64 percent of students did not use alcohol within the past 30 days. In 2013, the percentage was up to 70 percent.

"These are statistics worth celebrating," Ketterling said.

Windsor High School Assistant Principal Richard Thomas said: "We are grateful for all of the support and encouragement Weld County Prevention Partners has provided over the years. (Friday's) event will create a lot of excitement for our students, and also help remind the students that a memorable prom does not include the use of alcohol or drugs. We want our students to have a safe prom experience."

Other schools that have partnered with WCPP for the Safe Prom Initiative are Highland High School, Ault High School,

Jefferson High School, Northridge High School, Eaton High School, Platte Valley High School, Fort Lupton High School and Greeley West High School.

For law enforcement, prom and graduation season is a time where alcohol-related arrests and accidents increase, according to Weld County Sheriff John Cooke.

"Many adults think it's a rite of passage for kids to drink alcohol during prom and graduation celebrations. However, when teens drink, bad things happen," Cooke said. "They can make impulsive decisions while impaired that can have long-lasting negative impact on their lives. It's important for parents and the community at large to keep alcohol out of the hands of anyone under age 21."

WCPP is also promoting its Safe Prom message through blogs on its website at, its e-newsletter that's distributed throughout the county and at and A Safe Prom quiz can also be found on the website. Individuals can also sign up for the e-newsletter there.

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