The senior class of Meade Senior High School were the state winners of the Prom Promise competition sponsored by Nationwide Insurance recently, for their work in getting students to sign pledges not to drink or use drugs while driving to their prom.

The contest -- designed and initiated by senior class president Stacy Stallsmith and vice president Margaret Roe with help from class advisers Don Gobbi, John Smith and Frank Roush -- featured posters, signs and other activities and displays designed to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking or doing drugs and driving.

Displays included wrecked cars and a casket and skeleton exhibited in the school's library. One day was deemed "Grim Reaper Day" to make students aware of the possible consequences of drinking and driving.

Ninety-two percent of the Meade student body signed pledges andfollowed through on their commitment.

Students worked to prevent another tragedy like the 1979 alcohol-related death of 12 students from the high school in a single accident.

The school will receive $3,000 from the sponsor at a Princess Party and laser light show June 18 at Towson State University.

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