For Immediate Release - October 20, 2008

Good Citizens Awards Presented To Haverhill & Salem Teens

Several Haverhill High School students and their advisor, Carol Ireland, received one of two Good Citizens Awards this morning during a conference at the Peabody Marriott.

The awards, established in 2006 by the Essex County Anti-Crime Council, are presented to an individual or organization in Essex County that does extraordinary things to make our neighborhoods and communities safer.

"The Violence Intervention Program," which was nominated for the award by Senator Steven Baddour, is a program that helps teens throughout the city of Haverhill to improve their lives by taking violence out of the equation.

Through situational training and mentoring, students develop communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills to deal with problems peacefully, and create conditions where they feel safe and respected.

The other Good Citizens Award was received by two former Salem High School students, Tiffany Doucette and Brittany Jennings. They were nominated for the award by Representative John Keenan. The girls developed the project, "Simply Say No," during their senior year. The project educated incoming freshman students about the dangers of underage drinking and drug use.

The girls also arranged assemblies featuring a police officer who specialized in gang activity, a narcotics officer, and two inmates who were brought in to address the students. In addition, they arranged trips to Middleton Jail and participated in the "Scared Straight" program.

They also arranged a second assembly which featured a demonstration by the drug-sniffing K-9 unit. Finally, the girls arranged for students who had lost their licenses, either as the result of an OUI or for drinking at school sponsored events, to talk to the freshmen.

"The Violence Intervention Program" received its award from Essex County Sheriff Frank G. Cousins, Jr. The former Salem High School students received their award from Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.

Salem Winners

Good Citizens: Former Salem High School students Tiffany Doucette and Brittany Jennings received a Good Citizens Award Monday at the Peabody Marriott for developing the project, "Simply Say No," during their senior year. Pictured from left to right are Essex County Sheriff Frank G. Cousins, Jr., Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, Tiffany Doucette, Brittany Jennings, Secretary of Public Safety and Security Kevin M. Burke, and State Representative John Keenan.

Good Citizens: The Haverhill "Violence Intervention Program" recevied a Good Citizens Award from the Essex County Anti-Crime Council on Monday, October 20, at the Peabody Marriott. Pictured from left to right are Z'heondre Calcano, Essex County Sheriff Frank G. Cousins, Jr., Roxana Patroni, Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, Ashley Cochran, Secretary of Public Safety and Security Kevin M. Burke, Javier Bristol and Stanly Narcisse.

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