Students Compete in 3rd Annual Elks Drug Quiz Show

Students Compete in 3rd Annual Elks Drug Quiz Show

     Displaying great expertise in drug prevention and awareness, student teams from Kranz Intermediate School, Madrid Middle School and Monte Vista School competed in the 3rd Annual Elks Drug Quiz Show. Coordinated by the Duarte Elks Lodge #1427 and the San Gabriel Valley District Elks, the annual Drug Quiz Show is part of the Elks’ Nationwide Drug Awareness Program and provides students a fun way to gain knowledge, practice skills, and enhance the self-esteem needed to make safe, healthy, real-life choices regarding a variety of life issues, including the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. 

     The 6th, 7th and 8th graders making up the three school teams worked diligently with their coaches leading up to the quiz show as they studied the Elks’ fact-based drug awareness curriculum materials.    At the quiz show they were ready to vie to answer questions related to drug prevention and awareness in three rounds of competition including a group collaboration round, a multiple choice and true/false round and the popular lightning buzzer round. 

        Serving as hosts of the Drug Quiz Show were Donna McEntire, member of the Duarte Elks and Chris McEntire, San Gabriel Valley Elks District Drug Awareness Chair. 

       “Thank you for participating in our 3rd Annual Drug Quiz Show,” said Donna McEntire. “We are happy to provide this drug prevention outreach to help you and other youth gain knowledge and make healthy decisions regarding drugs.  In addition to answering questions and showing us what you know, participating in this quiz show encourages good sportsmanship, teamwork and helps build connectedness with your classmates.”      

       Coaching the teams were Bernadette Dincin from Kranz, Chris Jimenez from Madrid and Isaac Trujillo from Monte Vista.  Each worked with the students as they studied the Common Core aligned drug awareness curriculum, and learned about the risks and dangers of alcohol, drug and tobacco use.  The curriculum also provided information to help students develop important life-skills in dealing with conflict resolution, stress, bullying and grief.         

      “Congratulations to all the participants,” said Chris McEntire.  “You are all winners because you put in the work and did an amazing job tonight answering these tough questions.  We look forward to next year’s event.”

      The three teams represented their schools well and did an excellent job with Madrid taking the win and Monte Vista edging out Kranz in a tie-breaker round for 2nd place.   Each participant received a certificate and a medal from the Elks for their hard work and dedication.        

      George Schonborn, Mountain View School District’s Director of Pupil Personnel Services expressed his appreciation to the Elks for their continued support of our students and dedication to supporting education.

     “Thank you for putting this beneficial event together for our students,” said Schonborn.  “The Quiz Show offers a great way for students to learn about these important topics, compete against each other and have fun.  We appreciate the Elks providing so many opportunities for our students to excel like this quiz show, the essay and poster contests and more.”

        Schonborn also thanked the parents in attendance for supporting their students and encouraged them to continue to stay involved in their educational endeavors. 

      The Elks’ comprehensive drug awareness program shows their strong commitment to eliminating the use and abuse of illegal drugs by all members of society, and reinforces their belief that in order to ensure a bright future for our country, it is essential that our children be raised in a drug-free environment.  It is the goal of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the California-Hawaii Elks Association to sponsor a Drug Quiz Show in every state.

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