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NO. R-80. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring Lauren Skaskiw, a 2001 Prudential Spirit of Community Award distinguished finalist.

(J.R.S. 33)

Offered by: Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator McCormack of Windsor County and Senator Rivers of Windsor County.

Whereas, the problems associated with young persons and tobacco are a major concern for the parents and teachers of Vermontís schoolchildren, and

Whereas, one of the most effective antismoking education techniques consists of teenagers informatively instructing younger children concerning the severe long-term consequences of smoking, and

Whereas, Lauren Skaskiw, a 16 year-old Woodstock Union High School junior from Bridgewater, perceptively recognized the positive impact that teenagers can have on dissuading young children from starting to smoke cigarettes, and

Whereas, in order to implement this laudable idea, she successfully formed a tobacco education club at Woodstock Union High School, whose members voluntarily present programs at area elementary schools, informatively instructing the younger children on the hazards of tobacco and smoking, and

Whereas, Laurenís special initiative prompted many of her classmates to actively participate in this worthy endeavor, and

Whereas, in recognition of her efforts, the staff at Woodstock Union High School nominated Lauren as a candidate for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award, and

Whereas, Laurenís candidacy was judged among many other Vermont entries, representing local schools, 4-H Clubs and Girl Scout councils, and

Whereas, her outstanding work merited the judges selecting her as one of the two distinguished finalists among the awardís Vermont nominees, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Lauren Skaskiw on being named a Distinguished Finalist in the 2001 Prudential Spirit of Community Award competition, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Lauren Skaskiw at Woodstock Union High School.