West High students win national contest
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Congratulations to the West High team of Alina Febus, Taylor Jarrett, Maddie Matray, and Jocelyn Evans! Their PSA (Personal Safety Announcement) titled “Stop Domestic Abuse” won the The Greatest Save 2018 Teen PSA Contest. The video sheds light on the serious and widespread problem of relationship violence among teens. The goal of the Teen PSA Program, a peer-to-peer crime prevention program of the KinderVision Foundation, is to raise awareness about personal safety issues to prevent teen victimization.

Because the KinderVision Foundation is a recognized charity of Major League Baseball, regional winners are recognized by their local baseball team. In June the Cardinals honored the West High students and their teacher Sharon Duggan.

Duggan began participating in the program a few years ago as a way to help students in her Advanced Speech class take their messages beyond Fort Zumwalt. The PSAs are completed as the multi-media unit of the curriculum.

The Greatest Save Teen PSA Program was developed at the suggestion of law enforcement in response to the following statistics:

• The age group most at-risk from sexual predators is 14-17

• 1 in 4 girls will be a victim of sexual abuse

• 1 in 7 youth will be sexually solicited online

• Young women ages 16-24 are triple the national average for dating violence