Congratulations to seniors Kristen Leite and Shana Cloonan for being among eight Pleasanton students recognized recently for their leadership and community involvement with Juanita Haugen Civic Engagement awards.
Kristen and Shana researched teen accident prevention and, as a result, started the Impact Teen Driver Program at Foothill. They worked with health and physical education teachers to design a lesson presented in all sophomore P.E. classes.
The lesson highlights how the chance of getting into an accident increases with distractions such as texting or having multiple kids in the car. Kristen and Shana helped develop a YouTube video about how to prevent such distractions, distributed their information at Foothill's Health Quest '09 and won a grant to sustain the program next year at Foothill.
Kristen and Shana have reached out to administrators at other local high schools to share their lessons and materials. In short, they have reached many young people with a powerful and important lesson.
Kristen and Shana were nominated for the award by Foothill staff and administrators.
Kristen, Shana and the other students were recognized at last week's school board meeting and at a separate community luncheon.
This is the third year the school district has recognized students who have been involved in addressing local, regional, national or global civic issues. The award is named in honor of Juanita Haugen, longtime school board member and co-founder of the Pleasanton Character Coalition.
The other student award recipients are Kelley Dillard, Hart Middle School; Tiffany Chung, Harvest Park Middle School; Alex and Katie Sborov, Pleasanton Middle School; Shelby Margolin, Amador Valley High School; and Jonathan Young, Village High School.
Congratulations to Kristen, Shana and the other outstanding student honorees!