Published On: Fri, May 10th, 2013

Prom Promise at Cherokee High

Cherokee Indian Police Department Officer Justin Wade is shown with CHS student Levi Swearingen on the Driving with Drunken Goggles course.  (Healthy Cherokee photos)

Cherokee Indian Police Department Officer Justin Wade is shown with CHS student Levi Swearingen on the Driving with Drunken Goggles course. (Healthy Cherokee photos)

Prom Promise is a national known event in which activist try to encourage high school students to remember their Prom in a sober manner.  Healthy Cherokee, Cherokee Indian Police Department, Tribal Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and the Cherokee High School took the time and interest to warn the teenagers about destructive decisions.

The Tribal Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission gave Healthy Cherokee a check for $1,600 to help with their Prom Promise activities at Cherokee High School.  Shown (left-right) back row – CHS assistant principal Craig Barker, School Board member John “Dick” Crowe holding Livi Crowe, Superintendent Walt Swan; front row – Manuel Hernandez, Healthy Cherokee; CHS students Darius Thompson, Deija Burgess and Alexis Maney; and CPD officer Jason Owle.

The Tribal Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission gave Healthy Cherokee a check for $1,600 to help with their Prom Promise activities at Cherokee High School. Shown (left-right) back row – CHS assistant principal Craig Barker, School Board member John “Dick” Crowe holding Livi Crowe, Superintendent Walt Swan; front row – Manuel Hernandez, Healthy Cherokee; CHS students Darius Thompson, Deija Burgess and Alexis Maney; and CPD officer Jason Owle.

Teenagers got a chance to sign up for Prom Promise; the promise is to be sober from drugs, alcohol and other destructive decisions.  The Cherokee Police Department allowed teens to participate in the Driving with Drunken Goggles, and the students had to complete a driving course without hitting cones.  Needless to say, not all students drove the course successfully.

The Cherokee Indian Police Department also provided a crash simulator which simulated a crash a five miles an hour.  Many students got to experience the crash and were fascinated how much force was against their body.  The Prom Promise event was topped off with a treat from Crowe’s Sno to Go and prom promise incentives. 

“The main purpose of the Prom Promise is to show the students that alcohol, drugs and Prom doesn’t mix,” said Healthy Cherokee officials.  “Healthy Cherokee would like to thank: Cherokee police Department: Officer Tommy Teesateskie, Officer Jason Owle and Officer Justin Wade; Tribal Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission: Collette Coggins and staff for the generous donation of $1600 toward prom promise activities and incentives; Alcoholic Law Enforcement: Officer Josh Taylor and Cutis Canty; Crowes Sno to Go: Peewee Crowe; and Cherokee Central Schools: Superintendent Walt Swan, CHS assistant principal Craig Barker, and teacher Jessica Jarvis.”

– Healthy Cherokee

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