Spotlight on Prom and Graduation safety

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.