Student Athlete Mentors Place Second at National Conference on Drug and Alcohol Prevention


Advisers Julie Moses and Andrew Green with Kat Cooper, ’18, Amanda Kiso, ’17, and Jordan Jones, ’18. PHOTO COURTESY OF KAT COOPER.


Nothing motivates student athletes more than competition, whether it be based on academics, sports or a 30-second video commercial. On January 22, 23, and 24, I was privileged to attend an Apple Conference in Dallas, Texas, with two other Westminster students and two of our athletic advisers to learn about alcohol and substance abuse prevention and compete against other schools while doing so.

The Apple Conference is an annual event that allows student athlete mentors to form teams, gain new knowledge, and return to their schools with action plans for preventing alcohol and substance abuse among students. For the 2016 conference, Jordan Jones, ’18, Amanda Kiso, ’17, and I were the student athletes in attendance. Our two advisers , Julie Moses and Coach Andrew Green, also joined us.

In addition to presentations about better education for alcohol and substance abuse, a 30-second video contest was a major part of the conference. We were given the slogan, “It’s A Slam Dunk, Never Drive Drunk” and were told to make a video about the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.” These crashes account for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in the U.S.

With the dangers of drunk driving, the contest rules and our slogan in mind, we began the task of brainstorming an idea for the video. Moses, Kiso, and I suggested doing a parody to Adele’s popular song “Hello.” We presented the idea to the rest of the group, and everyone was enthusiastic.

“We won second place last year, so we need to keep up the tradition,” Kiso said.

Our Apple group shot all the scenes for the video, recorded the song, edited it, and then patiently waited to see the finished product.

The first time the video played, our entire group laughed, and we knew we had a shot for placing in the top three.

“If we don’t win the contest or even place, at least we are getting an important message out there and making people laugh” Jones said after seeing the video for the first time.

Our group eagerly awaited the reveal of the video contest winners. Third place was awarded to a video featuring a baby to stress living up to the next generation. Next was the second-place announcement, and we all jumped up when we heard Julie Moses’s voice on the video screen singing “Hello.” We were extremely happy and proud of our second-place finish and the hard work we put into the video and the entire conference.

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