Today, students at Winchester and Bluffs High Schools experienced a crash reenactment today, May 5, hosted by the WHS Key Club, Winchester & Scott County Police, Fire, and EMS. ThinkFirst, an injury prevention program offered by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, assisted in the planning and presentation of the event. The reenactment focused on what can happen when young drivers drive or ride with distracted or impaired drivers.
In 2020, over 1,000 people were killed on Illinois roads. Each year, 1.4 million traumatic brain injuries and 12,000 to 20,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the United States; one-third happen to people between the ages of 15 and 24. Today’s reenactment intended to highlight the real-life consequences of risk-taking behaviors, like driving while texting or impaired.
Students heard from Officer Watson of the Winchester Police about the events that took place as they were being acted out in front of them. Students also heard from Scott County State’s Attorney Rick Crews about the consequences for the impaired driver and from Justin Daws about the next steps in a death investigation. Finally, students heard from Danny Hicks, with ThinkFirst, who experience a traumatic brain injury as a teenage passenger in an accident with an impaired driver.
A HUGE thank you to all of those individuals and organizations who helped the WHS Key Club make this event happen:
*SIUMed ThinkFirst Team: Mary Kay Reed, Nathan Saint, Megan Eairheart, and Danny Hicks
*Air Evac Lifeteam
*Officer Watson of the Winchester Police
*Scott County State’s Attorney Rick Crews
*Scott County Sheriff/Coroner Tom Eddinger
*Justin Daws and Daws Funeral Home
*Winchester Fire Department
*Marshall Chevrolet - Stacey Mitchell
*Mr. David Cherry
This was an extra credit project.
They had a display set up and teachers were encouraged to go up and ask them to explain their projects.
Thanks to Mrs. Alice Ballard and Mrs. Kyrsta Coon as judges.
Science Teachers: Dr. Claire Coonrod and Ms. Breann Nichols
Jason Christian: How to make overpowered green fire.
Alli Peterson: What brand of paper towels is the strongest? - Honorable Mention
Anna Sellars: Can you taste the difference between different soda brands?
Morgan Kunz: Does adding salt to water affect the boiling point of pure water?
Lacy Daniel: Does Skittles color affect taste? - Winner Best of Show
Cole Meyer: Does the temperature of a tennis ball affect its bounce?
Tyson Brown: Difference of distance between hitting a baseball with a metal and a wood bat.
Nice Job students - and Congratulations to the Winners.
Congratulations to the new inductees to the Winchester High School National Honor Society.
Pictured here with the 2020 members:
Standing (L-R): Madison DeJaynes (2020); Calista Fox (2020); Tristan Lashmett; Cole Meyer; Brevyn Nash; Anna Sellars; Emma Slagle; Emma Smith; Danette Strang; Gabriel Drake (2020) and Sydney Elliott (2020).
Seating (L-R): Peri Andras; Emma Brown; Jocelyn Dolen; Zaylei Evans; Zoe Evans; Delaney Fearneyhough and Morgan Kunz.
Co-Sponsors: Mrs. Candace Miller and Mrs. Leevia Barnett
4:30 p.m. - Students & Guest arrive
5:30 p.m. - Dinner
6:45 p.m. - Promenade Lineup
7:00 p.m. - Promenade & Coronation
8:00 p.m. - Dance (ends at 11:00 p.m.)
Prom Guest Form Y21.pdf (This must be filled out if a WHS student is bringing someone that does not attend WHS/BHS)
Prom Y21 Covid Release.pdf (Anyone who is attending WHS Prom Y21 must have this form signed and returned to WHS)
Both Guest and Covid Release Forms are due on May 5th.