Burke Henderson, SADD, (508) 481-3568
Announces 2004 Student of the Year
Students Against Destructive Decisions
Chooses Jacqueline Hackett of Harleysville, Pennsylvania to Represent
Mass., May 25, 2004 SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions),
a national school based peer-to-peer education and prevention organization,
today announced that Jacqueline Hackett of Harleysville, Pennsylvania,
has been named its National Student of the Year for the 2004-2005 school
year. Jacqueline will be the national student spokesperson for the organization,
which has more than 10,000 chapters and millions of members in schools
nationwide, taking on issues of teenage drinking and other drug use,
as well as being an active participant in the national debate over prevention
policies aimed at teens. Her responsibilities also include serving a
one-year term on SADDs national board of directors.
"Jacqueline has always stood out amongst our outstanding group
of student leaders, continuously demonstrating an ability to lead and
to energize those around her and to be a powerful voice for youth in
her community and around the country," said Penny Wells, President
and Executive Director of SADD. "From testifying before the
United States Congress, being chosen Student of the Year in Pennsylvania,
and leading programs in her own community, Jacqueline is the model for
what we see is the very best in student leadership."
Jacqueline has been a member of SADD since 1998, and is currently Pennsylvanias
SADD Student of the Year, a member of SADDs National Student Leadership
Council and Executive Committee, and since 2001 the leader of Pennsylvanians
Against Underage Drinking Youth Committee. In February, Jacqueline testified
on behalf of SADD before the Congressional Subcommittee on Education
Reform at a hearing on "Preventing Underage Drinking: What Works?"
She is currently a senior at Souderton Area High School in Souderton,
Pennsylvania, where she is co-coordinator of her SADD chapter in addition
to being a member of the National Honor Society, editor-in-chief of
her school newspaper, and a participant in student government as class
vice president in both her sophomore and junior years. Jacqueline is
also a D.A.R.E. role model and a member of the "Just Say No"
traveling show. Through these initiatives and the Character Counts!
program, a partnership between her SADD chapter and the local YMCA,
Jacqueline has also helped elementary school age youth understand the
importance of responsibility and citizenship. She plans to attend George
Washington University in the fall.
"Jacqueline has been an exceptional spokesperson for SADD in Pennsylvania,
working tirelessly to ensure that teens here are fully aware of the
perils of underage drinking and other drug use," said Liane Petras,
Pennsylvania SADD State Coordinator.
"Being chosen SADD Student of the Year is a great honor and for
her a natural
progression, and we are sure she will thrive as a leader, an educator,
and as an important voice and advocate for teens nationwide."
Jacqueline will begin her term as the National Student of the Year during
SADDs annual conference in July in St. Louis, Missouri.
is a national student-based organization with chapters in thousands
of middle schools, high schools, and colleges across the country. Its
mission is to provide students with prevention and intervention tools
to effectively address such issues as underage drinking, drug use, impaired
driving, teen violence, and suicide. More information on SADD can be
found at www.sadd.org.