Throughout the year area schools highlight the importance of abstinence from drugs, alcohol, and sex. A major portion of high school health curriculum is based around the subject, as well as making positive life decisions.
Gabrielle Harris, the Addiction Prevention Director at Community Health and Emergency Service Incorporated, spoke to students about decision making, goal setting, communication, and stress managements a Century High School on Friday. The class was part of the All-Star Senior Program at the high school and involved the Freshman health class.
Students got the chance throughout the class period to learn about several ways they can make positive decisions and influence their lives in a proper manner. There was also time to apply the newly learned lessons in group activities which required students to get creative and come up with original ideas on how to communicate more efficiently.
Proper communication was a key element in the curriculum Friday. After a brief discussion on the importance of the subject students explored the various forms of communication with a hands on approach. After participating in skits and activities that illustrated how the world reacts to the differences in nonverbal and verbal communication.
“When you’re put in certain situations your verbal and nonverbal communication must match up, said Harris. “It’s incredibly easy to send conflicting messages to the people around you.”
After exploring the concept of peer pressure students paired off to practice different responses to saying no to drugs and then illustrated them for the class, recieving applause and laughter upon completion.
“Peer pressure is a strong force in young-adult’s lives,” said Harris. “It’s the pressure to conform to what others want and it can lead some people down the wrong paths.”
Harris reminded the teens about setting goals for themselves and the importance of commitment. The topic of graduating from high school was explored.
“Everybody in this room can be successful,” said Harris. “My expectation is for all of you to graduate.”
The class concluded on a discussion of empathy and the social and economic differences people throughout the region may have.
“It’s important to realize that not everyone has the same situation and privileges as others,” said Harris.
The Century Centurions finished the final week of the regular season at 3-2, leaving them at 18-6 for the season.
Century started the season on a hot streak but has had a couple rough games in the past few weeks.
This week Century picked up wins against Carrier Mills, Crab Orchard, and Ziegler-Royalton and had losses against Shawnee and Herrin.
The Shawnee loss was tough for the Centurions because if they would have won, then the SEC Conference Championship would have been theirs.
Despite taking the loss against Shawnee, Brandon Jackson had six hits at the plate and added a home-run last week. He also picked up the win against Ziegler-Royalton.
Zach Sauerbrunn and Brad Wilson each had 4 hits in the 5 games.
The main goal for Century in preparing for regionals is getting players healthy and getting them in the right state of mind. Century is one of the younger teams around with Brandon Jackson and Cordon Hight as the lone starting seniors.
Century’s regional kicks off on May. 16 against Pope County at Pope County. Game-time is at 4:30 p.m.
The Centuryy Centurions baseball team lost a hard fought game against the Massac County Patriots March. 15 at Bob Murley Field in Ullin.
Brandon Jackson was on the mound for the Centurions and didn’t let the Patriots score until the 5th inning.
Century had a 2-1 lead going into the 7th and needed 3 more outs to send Massac County back home with a loss. A few close plays got the Patriots the run they needed to send the game into extra innings.
The extra innings were held scoreless until the Patriots put one across in the top of the 11th to go ahead 3-2. Century couldn’t get one across to tie it up and fell 3-2. Bradley Wilson took the loss for the Centurions. Blake Crane led Century with 2 hits.