ISS Offers a Helping Hand
by Sean Chanicka on Friday, November 22nd, 2013
While Kevin Young spoke to juniors and seniors last week, ISS held its annual assembly for sophomores, focusing primarily on the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. Howey Qiu (I), an ISS member, values this assembly, as “it is important as [an] ISS member, as a senior or leader in general, to reach out to the underclassmen and help guide them through what could be confusing years.”
Earlier this school year, former basketball player Chris Herren came to Milton and related his story of drug and alcohol abuse. In essence, the ISS assembly served as a follow up to Herren’s speech. Debbie Lee (I) stresses the importance of “continuing the discussion from Chris Herren’s speech and making it more specific to drug and substance abuse at Milton.” Issues of drug and alcohol abuse have arisen acutely lately in a variety of high schools throughout the country. Monitoring the Future, a company that measures drug, alcohol, and tobacco use in high school students, reports that in 2007, 14.2% of tenth grade students admitted to smoking marijuana within the past month. Since 2012, that number has risen; now 17% of tenth graders reported to have smoked marijuana in the past month. With this increasing drug use among students, Howey states that the ISS members “just wanted to make sure that… [students] know how to recognize when their peers are experiencing any problems with drugs and alcohol and [whom] to contact.”
Along with Dr. Selter and Ms. Morin, Debbie, Howey and other members of ISS work hard towards limiting the amount of drug and alcohol use among Milton’s students. As Debbie described, “ISS holds weekly meetings to discuss any issues on campus and ways in which we can effectively help the students here.” When asked why he decided to join ISS/Outreach, Howey states, “Personally, I joined ISS because of my experience with my dorm mates and interactions with the community in general.” Howey notes that he personally knows someone who struggled with drugs and alcohol and, that Howey “wasn’t comfortable finding help for him figuring he knew how to control himself. If I knew more about how to help him or who to talk to, then I probably could have helped him a lot more than he eventually got.” Howey hopes to apply his experiences in helping Milton students.
While ISS and Outreach might not be as visible around campus as other organizations, their presence is felt throughout the campus. Though Howey admits that he “didn’t realize how involved ISS was with the community until now,” he adds that “almost everything happens behind the scenes, people don’t and can’t hear much about what we do, but it is important that people realize that ISS members have their backs.”
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