North Carolina High School Student Recognized as National SAVE Student of the Year
RALEIGH, N.C. (May 23, 2011) –– Carleen Wray, executive director of the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), has announced that Jessica Weber, a sophomore at Cuthbertson High School (Waxhaw, NC), was recognized by the National Association of SAVE for her youth safety and violence prevention efforts. The 2010-2011 National SAVE Student of the Year Award was awarded to Jessica for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to her school, community and fellow students, and for exemplifying the ideals of SAVE.
“Jessica singlehandedly started our school’s SAVE Chapter. In the spring of 2010, Jessica took part in a presentation on domestic violence, and at the end of it, came to me and said ‘I’ve never been a victim, but nobody deserves to be. How can I help?’” stated Leah Ross, Cuthbertson’
“Jessica embodies the ideals of SAVE and is a model for SAVE members everywhere,”
About the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere:
SAVE started at West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, N.C. in 1989 following the tragic death of a student who was trying to break up a fight at an off-campus party. Students met first to console each other, then as an organization to promote violence prevention and to work together to prevent future incidents from occurring. SAVE provides education about the effects and consequences of violence and helps provide safe activities for students, parents and communities. For more information on SAVE or starting a SAVE chapter, visit www.nationalsave.org, or contact SAVE at (866) 343-SAVE to receive free start-up materials and guidance.
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Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), Inc. is a nonprofit organization striving to decrease violence in our schools and communities by promoting student involvement, education and service opportunities to provide safer environments for learning.