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Aliso Niguel High School Message: Say No to Drugs

Faced with the rash of alumni deaths in the past year, Aliso Niguel decided to take action. It held a drug prevention assembly.

had its first Anti-Drug Assembly on April 27. 

The assembly featured an emotional speech by mother of the late Jarrod Barber, an Aliso graduate from the class of 2008 who died from an overdose of prescription drugs.

Standing next to posters with pictures of Riley Russo and Ryan Winter, both also members of Aliso's 2008 graduating class, Barber begged the students to stay away from marijuana and other drugs. 

Following Barber, speaker Keith Hawkins took the floor to address the students on matters of effort and motivation. Mixing humor with his message, he was able to make an impact, as evidenced by the crowd surrounding him after each assembly.

Said student Andrea Cahhal, "The speaker, he really affected me today ... my best friend ended up in a psychiatric hospital after trying to kill himself after what drugs had done to them."

Junior Elyse Johnson added, "It hit home with me. It really gets you thinking. "

Heather Paige May 06, 2011 at 04:04 PM
I heard this was a great assembly - kudos to Mr. Salter and ANHS ASB for putting this together.
M May 06, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Greg Williams/ASB that was great! Keith Hawkins is an amazing guest speaker!
Jodi Barber May 13, 2011 at 05:50 AM
Kaard did a fantastic job videoing the assembly! Greg and the rest of ASB did a great job too! I loved Keith!
Yas June 25, 2011 at 08:35 PM
can we see a full video?
Jodi Barber June 25, 2011 at 08:59 PM
Hi, glad you're interested! This was just the video afterwards. You should be able to see the speech here on the patch if you go into the school category. Another way is on Youtube, if you click my name, Jodi Barber. Also, if you're interested, go to oc register.com and in the box, type in my name or Jarrod Barber. Thank you!

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