Creal Springs students celebrate Great American Smokeout
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By Matt Hawkins
Marion Daily Republican
Fri Nov 21, 2008, 11:07 AM CST
Creal Springs, Ill. -
Creal Springs School celebrated Thursday in style. Posters adorned one wall of the gym, while the cheerleaders and band pumped up the student body with a message — don't smoke.A pep rally culminated Thursday's Great American Smokeout, an annual anti-smoking event sponsored by the American Cancer Society.Students competed in a poster-design contest, one student wrote a book about the dangers of smoking and another made a t-shirt for the day. As of Thursday, 50 students turned in pledges promising to avoid smoking or tobacco products."It's become quite the deal," Creal Springs nurse Jessica Lennon said. "I didn't expect such a turnout."Cameron Stephens' shirt warned of smoking's dangers."My parents try to tell me not to smoke," he said. "I thought this would be a smart way to show people to not smoke."Several students got red-faced in a workout demonstrating smoking's effects on lungs. They tried to jog in place while breathing through a straw."It was hard," Chelsa Simmons said. "It feels like your lungs are small. It was hard to breathe."In the poster contest, Brad Rodriguez and Ryan James received top honors. Semi-finalists included Clayton Caplinger, Tayvin Robinson, Jaron Kelly, Damien Smith, Duncan Jornlin, Kyle Boaz, Dakotah Quertermous, Seth Hamilton, Kaylee Condoulis and Lecsee Akers.