DWI Hosts Yet Another Successful Post Prom Event

McCurdy's 2012 Senior Class posses with superintendent, Patricia Alvarado, as they are presented with this year's Traveling Trophy. 

 

Every year, the Rio Arriba County DWI Program hosts the “Post Prom Party” event, which is an occasion filled with teen-geared activities, dancing and all around fun for one lucky school. In 2012, it was McCurdy High School who put together the media ad that scored the winning prize. As an alternative activity for teens to alcohol and drug use during prom time, the DWI Prevention Specialists and the DWI Planning Council/Joint Task Force take time to plan and execute this event, which is strategically coordinated to assure students from the County can enjoy a safe, alcohol and drug free environment.


“It’s a really fun activity,” said DWI Director Louise Sanchez. “Every year students compete to take part in Post Prom and it’s always nice to see the enthusiasm that comes along with it.”


Students look forward to innovative activities each year like dance competitions, movies, trivia games and video games. Other bonuses include free food and amazing door prizes all purchased through community donations. McCurdy’s superintendent, Patricia Alvarado certainly agrees that having this event is a benefit to teens. “I think this event has a big part in keeping students safe,” said Alvarado. “They come to a safe place, where they can just have fun and not have to worry about peer pressure, which in turn builds unity and creates fun memories for the students.”


According to Alvarado, about 85 percent of the students, all whom were administered breathalyzer tests, attended to the Post Prom event after attending their school prom. “I’m proud they all passed the breathalyzer,” said Alvarado. “It really shows they have good judgment. I applaud the County for putting on events like this that keep our youth safe.”       


Post Prom began in 2009, with a different school winning each year. Past winners include Española Valley High, Mesa Vista High and Coronado High, which is no doubt a sign of the success that this event has among all the school districts within the County.  


-Erika L. Martinez, May 2012