TOPEKA – (August 7, 2012) – A Lenexa elementary school student has been named the winner of this year’s state D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) essay contest, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.
Faith Duensing, a student at Rising Star Elementary, was named the winner of the statewide contest, coordinated by the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association. During the past year, Duensing participated in the Lenexa Police Department’s D.A.R.E. program, which culminated in writing an essay about the things they learned in the program. Duensing is the daughter of Robert and Cherrie Duensing.
“Students participating in the D.A.R.E. program learn valuable skills to resist the dangers of drugs and alcohol,” Schmidt said. “Faith’s essay was an excellent example of the program’s success in teaching these skills to our Kansas youth. Congratulations to Faith on her outstanding essay.”
The statewide D.A.R.E. program is coordinated by the Attorney General’s Office. More than 100 Kansas counties and communities have D.A.R.E. programs serving students in their areas. For more information on the Kansas D.A.R.E. program, and to read Duensing’s winning essay, visit www.ag.ks.gov/dare.