Story by A.J. Arias
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), a club within the Warwick Valley High School (WVHS), once again held their “Mock Crash” assembly in the parking lot between the Middle School and the High School on Tues., May 22.
The Mock Crash is a reenactment of a car accident that occurs every three years for all of the students of the High School. The car accident is acted out and performed by teachers and students of the high school with the assistance of the Warwick Fire Department, Police Department and Ambulance Corp.
The scenario depicted a car full of students that made a head on collision with a car filled with chaperones coming home from the school’s talent show. The WVHS student body then watched as the scene played out with members of the different emergency personnel departments coming to assist with the effects of the accident, which included the death of two students.
SADD President Emma Davis said she began working on the mock crash event last year with adviser Ray Mark. Davis said that she first began by rebuilding the club’s membership after it disbanded following the retirement of the club’s former adviser.
Davis has several people she wants to thank for helping the event go on. They include the Warwick Police and Fire Departments and the Ambulance Corp. She also thanks WVHS Principal Dr. Larry Washington, who let the event occur even in the rain. A big thank you from Davis goes out to the high school cosmetology class who did all of the incredible make up for the reenactment.
Davis said that all the students in the reenactment were members of the SADD club. Additionally, the teachers selected to participate in the assembly were all well known in the high school. One of the teachers who participated in the reenactment was Jeff Jacobsen, the WVHS health teacher. Jacobsen, a former student at WVHS, said he remembered the event when he was in high school and the impact that it left on him.
After the event, Jacobsen admonished students, “Learn from this and what not to do.” He continued, saying that destructive decisions, “affect lives inside and outside of the car, with lifelong ramifications.”