SADD Conference

Drugs, smoking, drinking, and many other destructive decisions that can lead to harm is something that the SADD club is trying to prevent.

This year marks the 35th annual Students Against Destructive Decisions conference where the entire club dedicates their time to make the conference informative and fun for all students and participants.

Junior Landry Connors is a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, joining the club because of its message and goals. The conference is an important part of the club each year, so, while the students try to make it fun, they also want to inform people of their purpose.

“The purpose of the SADD conference is to teach students the repercussions of doing drugs, drinking underage, driving recklessly, and having unprotected sex,” Connors said. “We try and make it so that the workshops for these things are fun and creative, but also serious enough to get the message across.”

Each year, the SADD conference has a theme, which is decided by the SADD Student Advisory Board and SADD State Coordinator, Harriet Southerland, that makes it exciting and fun for the schools and any other people who are participating in the event. The theme of this year’s SADD conference is a blast from the past where each group has a different decade.

“There is a theme every year to kind of make it more organized and more exciting for participants,” Connors said. “The theme is usually something relevant to that year or something that is popular among students.”

This conference spreads information and combines like-minded people so they can help others that are struggling with addictions or other types of destructive decisions.

“The SADD conference is a fun way to let students hear real stories from speakers who have had drugs or alcohol negatively impact their lives and give them hands on activities that help them learn and take some knowledge about these subjects back with them,” Connors said.

Connors loves how involved the club is with getting their message across and how the students that are members of the club dedicate their time to advocate their message, trying to change at least one person’s life.

“I joined SADD because it’s not just another club that you join and don’t do anything in. We actually do really fun activities that I feel make a difference in our school and community,” Connors said. “Regardless of who actually listens to what the SADD club tries to advocate for, knowing that maybe one person heard and applied what we said to their life makes me feel really good.”