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HS “Mock Crash” delivers message about making smart choices

on May 24, 2018

What is Mock Crash?

WVHS Mock Crash scene WVHS Mock Crash - SADD President and Warwick Police officers

Student Voice: Emma Davis, President
WVHS S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club

“The Mock Crash held at Warwick Valley High School on Tuesday, May 22 was not meant to be an easy way for students to skip a period or two. Instead, it was meant to show students of all ages that their decisions matter more than they think. Making safe choices when driving can be the difference between life and death – which we hope is illustrated through the Warwick Valley Mock Crash.

The Mock Crash only occurs once every three years, so for most students it was the first time they experience a crash on this scale. We hope that the impact of the crash stays with students for those three years and beyond.

We want to show students, through a realistic project, that one bad choice can negatively impact their lives forever.

The Mock Crash would not be possible without the help of our local Fire Department, Police Department and EMTs. They made this event possible, and cannot be thanked enough.

Within our own high school, we had junior EMS members participate in the crash. We also had the assistance of students in the high school Cosmetology Department, who did makeup for students who portrayed the “injured.”

S.A.D.D. has been a part of Warwick Valley High School for many years and, after taking a short hiatus, was revived in 2016. Members strive to educate students about making good choices, and have participated in events such as Red Ribbon Week and “near peer” mentoring, and have gone to the Middle School to help teach middle schoolers how to make smart decisions.

S.A.D.D. members are dedicated to their cause and are constantly looking for new ideas to help inspire their peers to think about their actions.”

 WVHS Mock Crash - students & faculty played the role of the injured WVHS Mock Crash - fire truck

“The experience felt very real.”

A longtime district event, the Mock Crash is intended to teach important lessons. WVHS students observed the event, held in the parking lot between the High School and the Middle School, though there was an opt-out option for students who were not comfortable watching the crash.

Warwick Police Officer/WVHS SRO Michael Kearns and members of the Warwick Police Department, Warwick Fire Department and Warwick EMS all played important roles in the success of the event.

S.A.D.D. students and high school faculty members participated in the event as actors. Realistic makeup for students who portrayed injured teens was provided by students in the HS CTE Cosmetology program.

It was a staged “mock” crash, but students who watched and participated in the event said the experience felt very real – and so was the message about making smart choices.

 WVHS - President & Vice President of the HS S.A.D.D. Club WVHS Mock Crash - students & faculty members played the injured

About WVHS S.A.D.D.

President – Emma Davis – Class of 2018
Vice President – Bela Walto – Class of 2018
S.A.D.D. Faculty Advisor – Mr. Ray Mark

Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) empowers young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them in their daily lives. The group creates, equips and sustains a network of students focused on peer-to-peer education. It also fosters a sense of belonging and promotes resiliency, leadership, and advocacy skills. S.A.D.D. encourages youth to make positive life decisions.

Members also consult with Ms. Annie Colonna of the Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition, whose goal is to “reduce alcohol and marijuana abuse among youth and to prevent initiation into all drug use by encouraging wise and healthy decisions by all community members.”

WVHS Mock Crash - Fire Dept. & EMS assisted Vehicles involved in the WVHS Mock Crash

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