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MEDIA ALERT: Community Forum to Discuss Soaring Rates of Teen Vaping - 01/28/19


Prevent Coalition is hosting a public forum for community members with a panel of youth, prevention experts, and school-based law enforcement to discuss the real issues with youth vaping.

At It’s Not Just Vaping: Trends Gaining Steam Among Youth in Clark County, personal testimony will be given from local youth, including a former user of vapor products turned tobacco prevention ambassador, and youth who are witness to the upsurge in vapor and e-cigarette use among teens in Clark County. The discussion will cover local trends and why we should care about the use of vapor products among youth in our community. Attendees are invited to engage in the conversation and will have opportunity to ask the panel questions with time to network at the end.



Wednesday, January 30th
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
ESD 112 Conference Center
2500 NE 65th Ave Vancouver, WA 98661

Registration is not required and light refreshments will be provided.
Thanks to funding by the Department of Health, this event is free and open to the public



According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 1.5 million more students used e-cigarettes in 2018 vs 2017. That’s a 78% increase among high school students and a 48% increase among middle school students.



Panelists for the coalition meeting and public forum include:

  • Shane Gardner, Manager of School Safety and Security (Moderator)
  • Deputy Brendan McCarthy, School Resource Officer at Heritage High School (Panelist)
  • Deb Drandoff, Director of Prevention and Youth Services (Panelist)
  • Sharice Lee, Student Assistance Professional (Panelist)
  • Maddison Langer, Tobacco Free Kids Youth Ambassador (Panelist)
  • Plus, additional youth to provide testimony on what they are seeing and experiencing among peers who are using vapor products

Regional Poetry Out Loud winners Mila Fuentes and Isaac Lu
Regional Poetry Out Loud winners Mila Fuentes and Isaac Lu
Students from Trout Lake and Cedar Tree Advance to State 'Poetry Out Loud' Competition (Photo) - 01/25/19

Mila Fuentes of Trout Lake School and Isaac Lu of Cedar Tree Classical Christian School were the top two finishers of the Southwest Washington Regional Poetry Out Loud competition. Students from nine schools read two poems each at the event, held at Educational Service District 112 on January 24.

There was a three way tie for one of the two finalist spots, which resulted in the three student finalists re-reading one of their poems. Scores from the second reading determined the second finalist.

View Videos from the Competition

Fuentes and Lu will advance to the state-wide competition, which will be held on March 2, in Tacoma.

The state winner receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books. The runner-up in the state competition receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. Additionally, $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends are awarded to the winners at the national finals.

The regional competition, presented by ESD 112, in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Since beginning in 2005, more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 high schools across the country have participated.