Over the past 30+ years, the beginning of the new school year has been marked in Angelina County by the annual presentation of the Drug-Free All Stars.  These high school seniors are selected to serve as role models for their community by living a tobacco, drug, and alcohol-free lifestyle.

The Coalition revealed this year's All Stars, consisting of 63 students from seven Angelina County high schools including Central, Diboll, Hudson, Huntington, Lufkin, Pineywoods Community Academy, and Zavalla.


Contributed Photo/The Coalition
Contributed Photo/The Coalition

Front row, from left to right: Nicholas Reyna, Kylie Ridings, Ally Lea, Allie Pierce, Hannah Spikes, and Cate Barrett. Second row, from left to right: Gerson Bruton, Perla Tovar, Sydney Ross, Isabel Contreras, Marley Martin, Addyson Soderquist, Iyonna Card, Shadye Forrest, Kaylor Vazquez. Third row, from left to right: Dayenara Lopez, Sariah Cruz, Mikaili Turner, Kathryn Teague, Jacqueline Silva, Chloe Camp, Breanna Hodges, and Helena Nerren. Fourth row, from left to right: Macy True, Jordan Hardy, Sophia Woods, Alex Haney, Claire Berry, Mehki Matthews, Kylee Wallace and Jackie Escobedo. Fifth row, from left to right: Kennady Mann, Haven Fant, Ashton Martin-Kibbey, Macie Bearden, Erin Jones, Rachel Bonnin, Kinsey Lucas, and Mackenzie McCaslin. Sixth row, from left to right: Shemarian Harrison, Haley Wallace, Kaelyn Abbott, Abi Martinez, Abby Bennett, Chip Buchanan, and Landon Mundt. Seventh row, from left to right: Jacob Quick, Carson McKnight, Jake King, Carson Basham, Cole Davis, Russell Reid, Randy Stephens, Wyatt Murray, and Andrew Alamo.  Top row, from left to right: Landon Campbell, John Flowers, Travis Murray, Grant Ashby, Preston Jelinek, Alejandro Vazquez, and Pranav Rao. Not pictured is Kimberly Lopez.

Drug-Free All Stars are active throughout the school year by volunteering their time in the community promoting a healthy and drug-free lifestyle. Recently, the Drug-Free All Stars were trained on topics they will focus on throughout the year during their volunteer opportunities including: marijuana prevention; tobacco prevention; underage drinking prevention; prescription drug misuse; and media literacy and advocacy.

The Drug-Free All Star program is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Since 1988, The Coalition has focused on eliminating the use of harmful substances by affecting public policy, laws, attitudes, and behaviors, all in an effort to foster healthy life-long choices for the local community. For more information about the Drug-Free All Star program, contact Abby Baker at The Coalition at 936-634-9308.

Here's a look at some Drug Free All Stars from 2013


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