Hiram College

RAVENNA, OH – The Portage County None 4 Under 21 and Choices Beyond Rally will be Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at Hiram College. Aurora Police Officer Vickie Yendriga, Co-Chair of the None 4 Under 21 planning committee explained, “The program is designed to present a sobering awareness to high school seniors regarding traffic-related choices and consequences.”

Approximately 2300 students from Portage County and area high schools will witness a mock crash, mock funeral, and mock graveside scene. The presentation will deliver three messages of regrettable choices. The first speaker is Marc Streem, a bereaved parent who lost his youngest son in a crash. He speaks openly about the night he had to identify his son at the morgue. The next speaker, Todd Mix, graduate and athlete from Rootstown High School, will share how his life was changed the night he collided with a train just less than two miles from his home. The final speaker, Aaron Cooksey, describes his path of destruction which caused the death of his best friend, confined him to prison for four years, and the lifetime consequences of his decision: “one day, one decision, and one lost life.”

In support of this program, and in spite of the emotional participation, eleven area families will represent their loved one in Walk of Remembrance. This portion of the program brings the students face to face with family members no longer represented as a mock scene, but real people, real tears, real memories, and real losses.

Lynette Blasiman, Ravenna Health Commissioner and Co-Chair of this year’s event concluded, “Our goal is to reduce teenage fatalities by presenting an effective awareness of choices. Our hope is to reach at least one person at the right time and in turn save at least one life.”

CONTACT: Lynette Blasiman, Ravenna Health Commissioner, Co-Chair of None 4 Under 21, Event Telephone: 330-296-4478, lblasiman@ci.ravenna.oh.us