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Groh’s D.A.R.E. essay named Best in State

CeCe Groh’s D.A.R.E. essay was named the best in state at the State D.A.R.E. convention last month in Lake Geneva. Groh (middle) is pictured next to former D.A.R.E. officers Steve Albarado (left) and Nancy Hove (right). (Herald photo by Jason Schulte)

CeCe Groh at first didn’t want to write her D.A.R.E. essay.

After a while, she changed her mind and after two versions submitted her essay on what she learned about being in D.A.R.E.

 It’s a good thing she didn’t listen to her first instinct as Groh’s essay was named the best in state during the State D.A.R.E. convention last month in Lake Geneva. It is the second year in a row someone from Pierce County earned the honor.

Throughout his years as D.A.R.E. officer Steve Albarado stressed to students while writing their essay, to personalize it, show how your lives have been affected by drugs and alcohol.

The soon-to-be sixth grader at Ellsworth Middle School took the message to heart as she wrote about the grandpa she never knew whose life was cut short by cigarettes and alcohol. Her Grandpa Groh died when she was four months old. 

CeCe said conversations with her dad, John, were used for the essay.

"I never got to know my Grandpa all because of drugs," she said in her essay. "I've talked to my dad about this. He said that it's a shame I never got to know my Grandpa because he would have loved me."

Albarado said another impressive facet in the essay was the fact she used the struggles former basebal player Dwight Gooden had with drugs.

"I wanted to show (struggles with drugs) could happen to famous players as well," CeCe said. 

For more please read the August 27 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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