Stu­dents sign­ing up, take Prom Prom­ise

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Prom for Queen Anne’s County High School will be this Satur­day, May 21. While the oc­ca­sion is one for cel­e­bra­tion, QACHS Prin­ci­pal Jac­que­lyn Wil­helm had a somber mes­sage for her stu­dents ear­lier in the week. Each year the school en­cour­ages ju­niors and se­niors at­tend­ing prom to sign a pledge known as “Prom Prom­ise,” promis­ing not to drink and drive or ride with some­one who has been drink­ing.

The morn­ing of Tues­day, May 17, stu­dents gath­ered in the au­di­to­rium to lis­ten to rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Queen Anne’s County Of­fice of the Sher­iff, State’s At­tor­ney and Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices. A re-en­act­ment based on a real emer­gency re­sponse call had been planned for the morn­ing, but due to weather was can­celed. In­stead, the stu­dents watched a 20-minute video of a sim­i­lar re-en­act­ment.

Wil­helm told her stu­dents she knew they want to have a good time on Satur­day night, but re­minded them one night of mak­ing a bad de­ci­sion be­cause they think it might make things a lit­tle more fun can have reper­cus­sions that last a life­time. She also re­minded them there would be many chap­er­ones and law en­force­ment present to make cer­tain ev­ery­one was en­joy­ing prom safely and not leav­ing un­der the in­flu­ence.

“I can hardly sleep on Satur­day night, af­ter you all leave this prom,” said Wil­helm, “un­til Sun­day has come and I haven’t re­ceived a call from the sher­iff telling me news I don’t want to hear.”

Scott Wheat­ley, Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices, said, “What if you are the one that walks away, while an in­no­cent per­son dies?” Wheat­ley also en­cour­aged the stu­dents to make good de­ci­sions. “I’ve seen the state test­ing re­sults, I know you guys are smart kids,” he said.

“These are times to think back on and re­mem­ber the good times,” said Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann.

Hof­mann told the stu­dents that he and his of­fi­cers had a job to do, but also wanted them to be safe and en­joy this night. “Reach out to us if you need us,” said Hof­mann.

State’s At­tor­ney Lance Richard­son ex­pressed the same. The No. 1 killer for peo­ple aged 17 to 35 is an auto ac­ci­dent, he said.

“We are go­ing to have dou­ble and triple pa­trols out this week­end, the last thing you want to do is be that per­son that crosses the cen­ter line and ends some­one else’s life, and the last thing I want is to see you in a court­room with me,” Richard­son said.

Ju­niors and se­niors at QACHS signed one of the two ban­ners to pledge their “prom prom­ise” to drive sober and not drive dis­tracted.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Stu­dents at Queen Anne’s County High School watch with somber ex­pres­sions a video re-en­act­ing a fa­tal ac­ci­dent caused by driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

HAN­NAH COMBS

Queen Anne’s County States At­tor­ney Lance Richard­son re­minds stu­dents that drink­ing and driv­ing can have last­ing con­se­quences.

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