2022 - 2023
Congratulations to the 2022-2023
Steel Valley SADD Officers!
This year’s officers are Brenna Kern and Chelsea Bulger as Co-Presidents, Breanne Francis as Vice President, Isabella Ruston as Secretary, Duane Carter as Public Relations, Ava Caiarelli as Student Ambassador, and Myrian Perez Paulino as Community Engagement Specialist.
2021 - 2022
Remember to put the phone down, and drive safely!
On Wednesday April 6th, SADD Student of the Year and SV SADD Co-President Benjamin Novtony was invited to the state capital to participate in a press conference to help pass House Bill #37. This Bill is to make using a handheld cellphone while driving a primary offense. Ben has been working hard with the PA DUI Association all year and has completed many service projects for SADD and for Steel Valley. At the press conference, parents whose children were killed by distracted drivers attended the event and shared their stories to show why this legislation is so important. Steel Valley SADD is very proud of Ben for all his efforts. Remember to put the phone down, and drive safely!
SADD Just Drive Take the Pledge
Steel Valley SADD would like to congratulate Benjamin Novotny, Chelsea Bulger, Brenna Kern, Veronica Brocato, Joe Nguyen, and Breanne Francis. These 6 students have been chosen to be this year's 2022 NJM's Just Drive Teen Influencers. As Teen Influencers these 6 students will focus on making an impact on their peers to make good decisions while driving. The focus of this year's program will take a look at bad weather driving, safe driving, impairment behind the wheel, seat belts, and more. This project is being student led by one of our own, Benjamin Novotny. SV SADD is excited to see the work these students complete together!
It is so scary how distracted driving affects everyone.
Please Take the Just Drive Pledge below:
See the SADD Student Influencers below,
Great American Smokeout
SADD celebrated the Great American Smokeout on November 18th, 2021. The Great American Smokeout is a campaign intended to help spread awareness about the dangers of smoking and vaping. SADD partnered with Adagio Health to pass out lollipops with facts about tobacco usage during the High School Lunch Periods. SADD students also created a video campaign for the Great American Smokeout, with a script written by high school student Chelsea Bulger. SADD showed this video to Middle School students during their Academic Reinforcement Time. SADD members hope to help make the Middle School Students aware of these issues and to help prevent future usage.
Great American Smokeout [YOUTUBE]
SADD Statewide Conference
at 7 Springs Resort
Steel Valley SADD attended the Statewide Conference on November 1, 2021 where fifteen Students had the opportunity to listen to speakers such as Matt Bellace, psychologist, who talked about the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body and speaker Scott Pangnast, who shared his experiences with mental health. At the conference, Ben Novotony was once again honored for his service to SADD with the presidential award. Steel Valley SADD was also awarded the 2021 Activity of the Year for their online video series called Personal Perspectives. These videos created by the SADD officers are short interviews with students, teachers, community members and more where the audience can see their perspective on the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. Steel Valley SADD is excited for their next Conference!
2020 - 2021
Steel Valley SADD is so proud of junior Ben Novotny who has been named as Pennsylvania SADD Student of the Year! There were more candidates nominated for this prestigious position than ever before but our Ben earned the title! Ben’s commitment to the mission of SADD which is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives played a big part in PA SADD choosing Ben to lead the Pennsylvania SADD Student Leadership Committee.
Ben has been an active member of Steel Valley SADD since his freshman year and was elected to the Public Relations officer position this year where he ran the Steel Valley Instagram and created the Personal Perspective Series where he and fellow SADD members interviewed peers and community members concerning topics like distracted driving and mental health.
Steel Valley SADD Advisor, Mrs. Beth McCallister said, “Ben has been a true leader in our school and within our SADD chapter. We couldn’t be prouder that he has been recognized by Pennsylvania SADD for his outstanding leadership.”
Personal Perpectives- Volume 1
Please take a moment to watch Steel Valley SADD’s “Personal Perspectives” interview with PA SADD Coordinator, Ms. Felicity DeBacco-Erni then please take the NJM Safe Driving Pledge. Please be sure to put Steel Valley High School as the school. Not only is taking the pledge a way to commit to safe driving but you can also help our school’s SADD chapter win BONUS points in an upcoming competition AND you will be entered to win an iPad. Feel free to share this link with everyone you know.
Sign the Safe Driving Pledge
Steel Valley SADD is asking everyone to take a few seconds to take the Safe Driving Pledge.
Please be sure to put Steel Valley High School as the school. Not only is taking the pledge a way to commit to safe driving but you can also help our school’s SADD chapter win BONUS points in an upcoming competition. Feel free to share this link with everyone you know.
New Year's Resolution
Steel Valley SADD asked each of their members to come up with a New Year’s Resolution that would reflect the vision of SADD which is “SADD envisions a world in which young people make positive decisions that advance their health and safety”. Our SV SADD officers then designed a Word Wall with all of the resolutions! “Amazing job!”, said Mrs. McCallister, SV SADD advisor.
SADD Officers 2020-2021
Congratulations to Steel Valley senior Sophia Thompson! Through her involvement with Steel Valley SADD and her commitment to excellence, Sophia achieved a number of SADD-related accomplishments recently.
Last spring, she went through the application and interview process with Pennsylvania SADD and was selected to become a member of the Pennsylvania SADD Student Leadership Council, where she will be joining other student leaders from across the Commonwealth to gain leadership skills, develop greater awareness about their roles in peer to peer education and provide the PA SADD Office with a strong base of student engagement across the Commonwealth.
Sophia also received the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award which recognizes the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity and honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too. Sophia completed 285 hours of community service between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
Lastly, Sophia entered and was selected as a finalist in the SADD and NIAAA video challenge, earning her a $250 scholarship so far.
“We are very proud of Sophia for all of her accomplishments and we are looking forward to more great things from her in the future”, said Steel Valley’s SADD advisor Beth McCallister.