June 4, 2009
Stacey Hart

Anoka High School Advisor Receives National Accolade

Minnesota SADD Advisor Honored for Empowering Teens to Make Safe and Healthy Decisions

Marlborough, Mass. The SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) advisor at Anoka High School in Anoka, Minnesota, has been chosen to receive the 2009 SADD National Advisor of the Year award for her tireless efforts to promote positive teen decision-making. Patricia Halsey, an educator for 35 years, has served as the SADD advisor since 2005 and is a great example to other advisors across the country.

"Patricia deserves this special recognition of her strong leadership and her commitment to SADD over the years," said SADD Executive Director Penny Wells.   "She has touched the lives of many students and has helped create a safer, stronger community."

The Anoka SADD chapter has won numerous awards and contests, including the recently announced "Act Out Loud: Raising Voices for Safe Teen Driving" national contest. While Halsey is constantly thinking about new ideas for the chapter, she stays behind the scenes and encourages her students to develop their own vision and take initiative to accomplish projects. She dedicates many of her evenings to working with SADD students on various activities. Anoka SADD students say Halsey has molded them into a successful, hard-working group of young, confident leaders.

"Mrs. Halsey has paved a pathway of inspiration for us to follow and given us passion to fight destructive decisions," said SADD student Natalie Hayford. "She gives selflessly of herself as she guides us to achieve greatness and develop our own ideas. Mrs. Halsey has inspired each of us."

Halsey will be formally honored at an awards banquet at the SADD National Conference in Washington, D.C., this July. Her chapter will receive a $500 cash prize.

"The reason I enjoy being a SADD advisor is it enhances the quality of life for all students. The message of SADD is life should be a positive adventure that only a clear mind can experience," said Halsey. "It's an honor to work with such a dedicated group of teenagers."

Two additional SADD advisors also received recognition for their hard work, dedication, and commitment throughout the past year. Lindsay Hall from Pine Grove Middle School SADD in Baltimore, Maryland, was chosen as the second-place winner, and her chapter will receive a $250 cash prize. Kari Quiton from Manhattan High School SADD in Manhattan, Kansas, placed third and her chapter will receive $100.

SADD, the nation's leading peer-to-peer youth education, prevention, and activism organization, is committed to empowering young people to lead initiatives in their schools and communities. Founded in 1981, today SADD has thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. SADD highlights prevention of many destructive behaviors and attitudes that are harmful to young people, including underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and teen violence and suicide. More information about SADD can be found at sadd.org.


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