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Outstanding Rifle students help DARE

Detective Michael Williams

Dear Editor,

With all the news about the negative things being done by area youth, it is important to point out that the vast majority of our young people are really good kids. That said, the Silt Police Department would like to recognize three of our finest. An important feature of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program is teaching young people to be leaders and mentors for others. To that end, we annually bring in well-rounded, “cream of the crop” teens to help our DARE students see that it is “cool” to resist violence and be drug-free despite some pretty strong peer pressure to do just the opposite. This year, Rifle High officials sent us three of their finest to help mentor our DARE kids: Jennifer Schneider, Anthony Alfini, and Shanda Tillman.

Jennifer is a cheerleader and a straight-A student who has set her sights on a career in medicine helping the poorest of the poor overseas.

Anthony is a star athlete and a fine student working towards a future in coaching (teaching and mentoring others).

Finally, Shanda has worked with the Silt Police Department all semester as our representative in the Rifle High School career-shadow program in preparation for a career in law enforcement or a related field. As part of her duties, Shanda is responsible for assisting me with DARE and sharing her own experiences with the students.

Anthony, Jennifer, and Shanda are fine representatives of all that is best in our young people. Their parents and teachers should be very, very proud. Chief Taylor and the Silt Police Department applaud their efforts and will be cheering them on in their future endeavors. Hooaah!

In Service,

Detective Michael Williams

Silt Police D.A.R.E.Instructor


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