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Students against destructive decisions Walk the Walk

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The thinking going on at Oak Grove Lutheran High School today didn't have much to do with academics.

 

Instead it was the center of positivity for about a hundred people.

 

Anyone from the community was invited to share stories of dealing with hardships and rising above the pressure to give in.

Morgan Uriell-SADD Member: "I walk the walk because I have seen first hand how poor decisions can really affect a school and even a community."

 

Walk the walk is more than just a stroll.

 

Ashley Rude SADD Member: "It means that you go out and do it, you just don't talk about it."

 

It's a way of life for these teenagers.

 

Amanda Dinger- SADD Member: "I have seen first hand what drinking and drugs can do to a teenager, and I have told myself, I don't want to be that person."

 

Making a commitment.

 

Dinger: "I have a younger sister, and I want to set great examples for her."

 

These girls are all from different schools around the state.

 

Uriell: "SADD stands for students against destructive decisions."

 

Standing up.

 

Dinger: "I know that people in all of our schools look up to us, because i feel that when younger kids see us making good decisions, they feel like that's the right thing to do."

 

Emma, she's a roll model

 

Emma Howey: "I kind of went through a depression mode, when I first came here."

 

She was worried about making friends.

 

Howey: "Some teens hide the depression that's what I kinda did."

 

She says it something people just don't usually talk about.

 

Howey: "Like me, I felt like I was going to be judged by that, so I just kept it to myself."

 

So now she wants to lend a helping hand.

 

Howey: "It's good to reach out for them, so they are not alone."

 

And one step at a time, everyone here is making a commitment to walk the walk.

 

Rude: "It puts you on a different path, and like you stay on that, and it helps you become the person you want to be, and not go towards drinking."

Visit the website: www.sadd.org

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