On October 23, 2017 Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) held their annual awards program at the College of Southern Maryland. After a brief business meeting, Rev Todd Marple gave the Invocation and the buffet was open.
The guest speaker was Alyssa Gibson, senior at Huntingtown High School. She is the DARE Youth Advocacy Board Member. She spoke of her experiences working with DARE and as an EMT with the rescue squad.
The first award of the night, the Silver Award, went to SMECO, presented by Kristen DePhillip, President of the CAASA Board. Sheriff Mike Evans presented the awards to the DARE Officers-DFC Wes Beisel, DFC Justin Livingston, DFC Andy Clas, DFC Andre Mitchell and DFC Mark Robshaw.
2017 Project Graduation Coordinators were presented by Debbi Mister, CAASA Board of Directors. The awards went to Kristen Ratcliff-Calvert High School, Sharon Seger-Huntingtown High School, Beth Megonigal-Huntingtown High School, Larry Butler- Northern High School and Anne Rickwood-Patuxent High School.
Julie Mashino, CAASA Board of Directors, presented the mini-grant recipients-Barstow Elementary, Calvert High School, Calvert Middle School, Huntingtown Elementary School and the Patuxent-Appeal Campus.
The National Night Out Awards were presented by Captain Shane Bolger, Maryland State Police. They were given to:
Bayside Forest, Breezy Point, Calvert Collaborative for Children and Youth, Calvert Pines Senior Center, Carroll Western UM Church, Chesapeake Ranch Estates, College Station, Dares Beach, East-John Youth Center, Long Beach/Calvert Beach, Lower Marlboro, Patuxent Palisades/Shores of Calvert, Prince Frederic k Village, Prince Frederick Seniors, Calvertowne, Queensberry, Symphony Woods, Town Of North Beach, Victoria Estates, Western Shores and Yardley Hills.
2017 Prevention Services Community Connection Awards were presented by Ashley Staples, Prevention Specialist, and Anthony Greene, Grant Coordinator Calvert County Health Department. The recipients were Twin Beach Opioid Abuse Awareness Committee and Caitlin Fregelette, Calvert County Public Schools.
Dr Daniel Curry, Superintendent of Calvert County Public Schools, presented the 2016-2017 school-based prevention coordinators:
Appeal-Erica Gunther-Linville, Barstow-Natalie Washington, Beach-Heather Hammett, Calvert-Kristin Richie, Dowell-Megan Crowley, Huntingtown-Michele Nycum, Mt Harmony- Emily Pieringer, Mutual-Kristin Field, Patuxent-Gayle Glenn, Plum Point-Michelle Hoffman, St Leonard- Jennifer Curran, Sunderland- Eileen Snowden, and Windy Hill-Sara Frederick.
Calvert-Julei Durrach, Mill Creek-Kelly Shatzer, Northern-Derek Poole, Plum Point-Heidi Jarman, Southern-Stephanie Goldstein and Windy Hill-Joey Rucki-Miranian.
Calvert- Dawn Lister, Huntingtown-Beth Megonigal, Northern-Casey Buffenbarger and Patuxent-Jennifer Bruno.
Calvert Alternative School -9th -12th – Allison Summey
The final awards were the Eagle Awards. The Business Award, presented by Kristen DePhillip, was given to Papa John’s. The Community Award, presented by DFC Andre Mitchell, was awarded to Alyssa Gibson. The Education Award, presented by Dr Daniel Curry, was presented to Julei Darrach of Calvert Middle School. And the final award of the night was the CAASA Board Member Award, presented by Debbi Mister, was given to JoAnn Faber.
Alyssa Gibson on receiving her award, “ It was an absolute honor this evening to receive the Bateman Community Eagle Award for Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse!! I love being able to help out my community and help the youth be and stay drug-free. I will always continue to advocate for this, even after high school. I hope to see a change in Calvert County, and in the State of Maryland as a whole. Thank you to everyone who has helped me be successful and help me become who I am today.
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Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon