SEATTLE - Eight students represented Pacific County at the 2007 Washington State Prevention Summit held at the Hilton in Vancouver on Nov. 16 and 17.

The theme of the summit was, "It's a simple choice, just use your voice." Students attended workshops discussing topics such as violence prevention, underage drinking and prescription drug abuse.

When not in workshops the students enjoyed a dance, T-shirt decorating, great food and a trip to the mall.

The Ilwaco High School Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) members who attended the summit were: seniors, Hannah Whitlow; juniors, Amanda Bryd, Kim Grieve and Ashley Chase; and freshmen, Zack Maver, Liz Vosburgh and Nicole Brockoff. Valley High School student Danielle deMontieny also attended. Chaperones were Katie Lindstrom and Melissa Wildhaber from Pacific County Health Department and Sarah Taylor from Ilwaco Junior/Senior High.

According to Amanda Byrd she learned many things including the fact that "just because something sounds good, doesn't mean it is good."

On Saturday evening a large group of student protesters marched and rallied in Esther Short Park in support of a tobacco-free lifestyle. The students carried signs and chanted as they marched. Ralliers were joined by the "yellow tooth fairy" a icon.

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