“Why fit in when you can stand out?”
It’s a question Drew Cameon takes to heart.
These days, Cameon, a Fairmont State University senior and Fairmont Senior High School graduate, balances his time between classes and helping coach the Polar Bears football team.
But when he was in high school, he saw other students experimenting with drugs.
Seeing the effects drugs had on his fellow students made him want to make a difference, and he said there’s a way for kids to stay away from drugs and peer pressure.
“A lot of young kids’ problems are that they get lost along the path because they just want to fit in,” Cameon said. “You’ll face peer pressure if you don’t establish yourself. If you establish character, the peer pressure will go away.”
Cameon said that when other students know your principles and know what you stand for, they won’t ask you to try stuff because they know your answer will be no.
He speaks from experience.
When Cameon was in high school, he dealt with peer pressure by focusing on working hard in sports and maintaining a strong character.
“I focused on my grades, knowing right from wrong and trying to be my own person,” he said.
Based on his own experiences in high school, Cameon can relate to the students he helps coach.
Drew Cameon helping students take stand against peer pressure, drugs
“Why fit in when you can stand out?”
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Morrisey wants to work with all to ‘help transform West Virginia’
State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants to work with citizens to “help transform West Virginia.”
Morrisey was the guest speaker for the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s “Lunch and Learn” event Wednesday at the Mon Power headquarters, located in the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont. His trip to the Friendly City followed a town hall meeting in Harrison County Tuesday night.
Behind-the-scenes emergency workers honored
The Marion County Commission is recognizing the individuals who work behind the scenes when an emergency happens.
During Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners signed a proclamation for National Public Safety Tele-Communicator’s Week in Marion County. The proclamation recognizes individuals working at the Marion County 911 Center.
Wallace residents plead guilty to fishing violations
Two Wallace residents were cited for and pleaded guilty to trout fishing violations.
Michael Earl Fetty, 70, and Tammy K. Fetty, 46, were issued citations for exceeding possession limit of trout and conspiracy to violate Chapter 20 of the West Virginia State Code.
Military children honored for their sacrifices: PHOTOS
Military children were honored for their sacrifices Tuesday at the Hershel “Woody” Williams Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center.
The event was planned to coincide with Purple Up! Day, a nationwide initiative that encourages everyone to wear purple in honor of military children across the country.
Child health: ‘Room for improvement’
Children living in Marion County are doing better in some respects than children in other counties in the state, according to a national study released Tuesday.
“The 2013 West Virginia Kids Count Data Book,” published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, compares states and their counties to each other and to the national average of various areas of child health.
Another civil suit filed by Marple
Though a civil case in already pending in U.S federal court, former state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple has filed another civil suit over her 2012 termination.
The main difference between the two cases, apparently, is that in addition to naming the West Virginia Board of Education as a plaintiff, former president of the board and current member Wade Linger is individually named in the suit as a defendant.
County man indicted for murder of infant
A Marion County man has been indicted on charges for the death of an infant.
Marcus Curtis Lewis, 55, was indicted for charges of first-degree murder and death of a child by a parent, guardian of custodian by Taylor County grand jurors Monday. Judge Alan D. Moats is expected to arraign Lewis on Friday.
Three arrested on charges stemming from armed robbery
Three men were arrested in the Fairmont area on charges stemming from an armed robbery.
Corey Joseph Richardson, 35, of Montgomery Village, Md.; Stephen Joseph Brewington, 26, of Allston, Mass.; and Wallace Anthony Booth Jr., 21, of Fairmont, were arrested on Tuesday and charged with robbery, burglary and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Marion County man indicted in murder of infant
A Marion County man was indicted by the Taylor County grand jury Monday on charges for the death of an infant.
Marion County soaks up the warm rays of spring
Spring is in the air.
Trees are beginning to blossom in Fairmont, sprinkling the streets with pink, white and yellow blossoms.
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