Red Ribbon Week is a week-long event in which New Haven High School participates. Last week, the week of October 26th, New Haven celebrated Red Ribbon week. Throughout this occasion each year, there are spirit days that individual students can participate in every day. Participating in spirit days gives students a chance to win prizes as well as points for their class. Furthermore, students are given red ribbons to wear to show their pride in their lack of participation of drug usage. The majority of students wore their red ribbons proudly throughout the week.
Red Ribbon Week is based on the events surrounding the death of a DEA agent, Enrique Camarena, who worked in Mexico to stop the trafficking of drugs through the area in 1985. The cartel found out and brutally murdered him. Red Ribbon Week was created in memory of him. Emily Lewis says “I think Red Ribbon week is necessary to raise awareness of how drugs have a negative effect.” Another student, Taylor Gillespie states, “I think Red Ribbon week is important because it represents those who have fallen due to drug usage; I myself, have lost a dear friend to drugs and Red Ribbon week really hits home for me.”
Students won points for their class by participating in each spirit day. The class with the most participants earned the most points. When all was said and done, the seniors came out on top with 60.1 points. Following the seniors were the sophomores with 57.6 points, and then the juniors with 54 points. The freshman came in with 51.6 points.
For each day that individual students dressed up or wore their red ribbon, their name was put into a bucket for a drawing that occurred on Thursday of that week. Six students whose names were drawn had to spin around 8 times with their forehead on the handle of a bat that was resting on the floor. After the 8th revolution, they had 20 seconds to make as many free throws as possible. Each free throw was worth $5 to Lancitos.
These students won the following amount of money to purchase food from Lancitos that will be delivered to lunch on Thursday, November 12th:
Trevor Blankenship: $10
Parker Haeffner: $15
Kate Ruediger: $15
Maddie Fleer: $10
Lexi Nixon: $20
Students have some very positive opinions about Red Ribbon week.
Freshman Kamryn Poe (pictured above) went all out for crazy sock day. She stated, “I really wanted to get involved, show my freshman spirit, and help represent what red ribbon week is all about. I also think it important to motivate students to stay drug free, because drugs can make a life changing impact on your future.”
Some students were especially excited to wear hats, since hats are usually against the dress code. Senior Sharon Brewster said “Red Ribbon week was really fun and exciting. I loved the kind of days we had especially hat day.”
Stay drug-free, New Haven High!