GEICO and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program honor high school students for alcohol prevention efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27, 2015 – GEICO and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) have chosen five Washington, D.C. area high school student groups to honor with student awards for their exceptional alcohol prevention efforts.

Winners of the 23rd annual GEICO Student Awards include:

  • Academy of the Holy Cross, SADD Group, Kensington, Maryland
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School, SADD Club, Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Gar-Field Senior High School, SADD Club, Woodbridge, Virginia
  • T.C. Williams High School, Above the Influence Club, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Unified Prevention Coalition Youth Council, Fairfax County, Virginia

GEICO will give this year's winners both plaques and monetary awards of $1,000 each to continue their drug/alcohol prevention efforts and implement new programs. Awards will be presented to each school at individual ceremonies.

"All five winners have gone well above and beyond to educate their peers on making responsible decisions when it comes to alcohol," said Janice Hobart, GEICO's AVP of corporate communications. "Their efforts fully deserve this special recognition, and will no doubt make a difference in keeping our local communities safer."

GEICO and WRAP partner annually to recognize area high school student groups that promote alcohol and drug-free lifestyles to their peers. An expert panel of area substance abuse prevention professionals, representatives from local traffic safety organizations and prevention coalitions serve as judges for the awards.

Student groups are judged on their leadership, effectiveness, innovation and involvement of both the student body and community in their efforts to prevent underage drinking. Winning groups have implemented a variety of awareness initiatives including: signing pledges to refrain from alcohol and drug use during prom season; actively using social media to promote healthy lifestyles; organizing alcohol-free teen social events; and hosting reenactments demonstrating the devastating effects of alcohol.

"According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administrative figures, more than a quarter of all teen drivers involved in fatal crashes in the U.S. in 2013 had been drinking," said Kurt Gregory Erickson, WRAP's president. "This year's student group winners represent the front line in the fight against underage drinking in Greater Washington and we commend their efforts as we continue this battle."

About WRAP

Founded in 1982, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program is an award-winning public private partnership working to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking in the Washington-metropolitan area.

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