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Top Teens--Junior Class Officers of Effingham County High

Junior class officers earned a $2,500 grant to help keep their prom alcohol free from the Peace Officers Association. Junior class officers earned a $2,500 grant to help keep their prom alcohol free from the Peace Officers Association.

EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - Remember prom? Hopefully good memories and even more importantly fun, but sober. Sadly, drinking on prom night changes and costs lives ever year. But some students are trying to spread the word and stop the heartbreak.

At Effingham County High, you'll find most girls this time of year talking about the prom. "I've been looking forward to it since middle school," said junior class president Emma Exley.

Hardly anyone this age thinks about the dangers drinking could bring that night. But these junior class officers earned a $2,500 grant to help keep their prom alcohol free. Money from the Peace Officers Association of Georgia will buy T-shirts, prom night prizes and other things to drive home the message.

"The kids never cease to amaze you. You give them the money, they come up with the ideas," said John Conley with POAG.

Prom week, they'll randomly pull students out of class to make them ghosts. "When you come back, you have on white face paint and wearing all black and you can't talk all day and you write your obituary and hang it around school," said class officer Danielle Hall.

These students say teens listen better when the message comes from one of their own and not an adult.

"When you hear it from adults, especially guys, you think we're invincible, nothing can hurt us but when you hear from your age, it makes you think," said junior class vice president Shelby Duff.

"We're under age, but they still get alcohol and get in a car," said Exley.

The girls will have no way to know how many lives they save. But they say all the work would be worth it just to save one. For that, the junior class officers of Effingham County High School are WTOC Top Teens.

Reported by Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com 

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