Mock memorial service stirs real emotions at CHS


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Every 15 minutes someone dies from an alcohol-related traffic accident.

That statistic was repeated again and again last week at Chugiak High School.

On April 26, the 2012 “Every 15 Minutes” event at Chugiak High came to a close. What had been a two-day simulation of the terrible effects of drinking and impaired driving culminated in a memorial service held in the CHS gym. The entire student body watched as on the gym floor an emotion-filled funeral was held for two CHS students lost in a mock drunk driving accident staged at the school the previous day.

The service included speeches from “Every 15 Minutes” participants Mackenzie Matthis and Kayla Mays, along with the father of participant Carly Metcalf, Tim Metcalf. The service was concluded by a speech from CHS school resource officer Wendi Shackelford.

Through the emotion-filled speeches of those involved, it was clear how drinking and driving affects everyone.

“It opened my eyes to real emotions and how much it hurts,” said Carly Metcalf. “Although it was a simulation, the emotions were completely real and something I hope to teach more people about in years to come.”

Chugiak junior Tori Fishburn said she would like to see the program put on annually to remind everyone that “people forget how much [drunk driving] affects our lives, and it’s a good reminder not only for teens but for everyone.”

 

Roger Jorgensen is a junior at Chugiak High School.

 

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