Centerville student honored at Statehouse for taking action against substance abuse

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CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – A Centerville student was honored by the Statehouse recently when members of the House and Senate passed a resolution honoring Jade Eilers as being crowned Miss Teen Ohio International 2019.

The resolution applauded her efforts as a drug prevention advocate. Eilers is a Student Ambassador with Ohio’s “Start Talking” program, which aims to start a conversation with Ohio’s youth about the importance of living healthy, drug-free lives.

She also recently spoke with lawmakers about drug policies and protocols.

“Almost 20 million Americans have a drug addiction, and several of my family members add to that number. Twenty million is a big number, but we also have a big number here today who don’t use and are making the right choice by doing so,” said Eilers during the 8th annual We Are The Majority Rally in Columbus. “By being the majority today and everyday, we are focusing on good choices and positive habits to create a better future. …We are the majority, and we are here to encourage others to be a part of the positive majority.”

Eilers will now go on to compete for the title of Miss Teen International in July.

You can read both the House and Senate resolutions below:

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