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Cuthbertson student recognized as National SAVE Student of the Year

Jessica Weber, second from left, is pictured after receiving the 2010-2011 National SAVE Student of the Year Award. Also pictured, from left, is Cuthbertson High School principal, Rob Jackson; her father, Mike Weber; her brother, Chris; and her teacher/SAVE advisor, Leah Ross;

Jessica Weber, a rising junior at Cuthbertson High School, has been recognized by the National Association of SAVE for her youth safety and violence prevention efforts.

The 2010-2011 National SAVE Student of the Year Award was awarded to Jessica recently for outstanding performance and lasting contributions to her school, community and fellow students, and for exemplifying the ideals of SAVE.

"Jessica singlehandedly started our school's SAVE Chapter,” said Leah Ross, the Cuthbertson SAVE chapter advisor. “In the spring of 2010, Jessica took part in a presentation on domestic violence, and at the end of it, came to me and said, 'I've never been a victim, but nobody deserves to be. How can I help?' From there, she researched clubs relating to violence prevention and chose the one she felt fit our community's needs the best; even organizing toy and blanket drives for the local child abuse center over her summer holiday.”

Ross called Jessica the “heart and soul” of the club. “Since she started this club last fall, Jessica has done all of the recruiting and it has grown to almost a dozen dedicated members. Dozens more have been affected by her dedication and commitment to the cause.”

As a rising junior at Cuthbertson, Jessica has already begun working for next school year. Ross said members are being recruiting for the next school year. There are also planned summer events to keep the club’s momentum going strong.

"Jessica embodies the ideals of SAVE and is a model for SAVE members everywhere," said Carleen Wray, executive director of the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE).

"SAVE was started by students for students more than 22 years ago, and Jessica continues that legacy today by being an outstanding leader and role model,” Wray said. “We know that through students like Jessica, we can create safer schools and communities as a result of students being actively involved in meaningful youth safety efforts."

SAVE began in Charlotte in 1989 following the tragic death of a student who was trying to break up a fight at an off-campus party. It provides education about the effects and consequences of violence and helps provide safe activities for students, parents and communities.

For more information on SAVE or how to start a SAVE chapter, visit www.nationalsave.org or contact SAVE at (866) 343-SAVE to receive free start-up materials and guidance.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jul 21, 2011 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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