Before they experienced it, some students made fun of the Mock Crash we stage every year during prom and graduation season. "It was really an eye-opener," said Senior Cheyanne Manning. "It definitely makes you understand that this could happen."
Standing under a gloomy sky and light rain yesterday afternoon, the senior class watched firefighters rush down the driveway -- sirens blaring and lights flashing -- to rescue their friends and peers trapped in a car wreck in the back parking lot. "I thought of it as a joke," said Senior Kevin Hauver, "but after I experienced it I realized these things can happen and how bad it would be."
After the Mock Crash, seniors gathered in the auditorium to hear Guest Speaker Rick Barnes, a leader in drug and alcohol education who has been featured at thousands of college campuses and high schools. "He was inspirational," said Senior Carly Cote. "He overcame such a dark time in his life. His message was, 'Don't get yourself into something you can't get out of.' "
We are grateful to Haverhill police officers and firefighters, and directors from Farmer& Sons Funeral Home for taking time out of their day to drive home this important message. Our student actors who volunteered and were chosen through a lottery did a wonderful job. They are: Seniors Christina Amato, Darissa Marte, Johnathan Connolly, Kinsey Sisolak, Eli Perez, and Selina Brito.