|Central Neb. Teens Fight Against Big Tobacco|
Central Neb. Teens Fight Against Big Tobacco
Posted: Jun 18, 2012 5:28 PM CDTUpdated: Jun 18, 2012 5:28 PM CDT
Lincoln- No Limits, Nebraska's youth-led tobacco prevention movement, has appointed Nebraska teens to its youth leadership board for 2012-2013.
As the leadership body for No Limits, the youth board members set goals and plan statewide anti-tobacco activism events, including the Kick Butts Day rally and the No Limits fall summit. The board's initiatives set the course for local groups that organize activism projects in their own schools and communities.
Three Central Nebraska teens have joined the No Limits youth board for 2012-2013.
Sheri Crosier is a sophomore at Kearney High School. Concerned with how tobacco companies target teens, Crosier became involved with No Limits and is looking forward to making a difference as a member of the youth board. In addition to No Limits, Crosier devotes time to academics and hopes to one day become a child advocacy lawyer. She is the daughter of William Crosier.
As a junior at Hastings Senior High School, Rachel Stroebel is passionate about fighting the tobacco industry. She has grown up watching family members who use tobacco struggle with their health. She is looking forward to developing her leadership skills as a member of the No Limits youth board. Stroebel also volunteers at a local hospital and hopes to one day work as a neurosurgeon. She is the daughter of Karen Stroebel.
Jackie Christensen is a senior at Grand Island High School. She was motivated to join No Limits because she has seen family members struggle to overcome tobacco use.
"I see the danger it can cause and I don't think anyone should go through it," said Christensen.
Christensen recently completed her junior year with a 4.2 GPA and is ranked number one in her class. She is also active on her school's softball team and color guard and volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters. After she graduates, Christensen plans to attend UNMC to study pharmacology. She is the daughter of Vicki Larson and Ron Christensen.
"This year's No Limits board members bring their own unique life experiences, skills and leadership abilities to the group, but they all share in a passion for putting a stop to tobacco use among Nebraska youth," said Amanda Mortensen, No Limits project coordinator.
"Tobacco companies are always coming up with new ways to sell their products to youth. But No Limits, led by its youth board, is here to take a stand to prevent another generation from falling into the addiction trap," said Mortensen.
To learn more about No Limits or join the anti-tobacco movement, go to http://NoLimitsNebraska.com or contact Mortensen at 866-FYI-TEEN (866-394-8336).