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Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) Clubs Wrap Up the School Year with Several Activities
June 1 , 2014

The last few months have been very exciting for the Highlands County SWAT Chapter! There was a new club formed, two very successful recruitment activities, and the celebration of World No Tobacco Day! It can’t get much better than that!

Lake Placid High School (LPHS) became the newest SWAT Club in Highlands County and is under the direction of Ms. Jill Scott, teacher at the school. Ms. Scott has an excellent relationship with students and staff at LPHS and was able to recruitment several members to kick off the club.  The club held a recruitment activity on May 19th, in conjunction with the 9th grade orientation night, and met numerous incoming freshman that are eager to become a part of SWAT.

“I am thrilled that I’ve been given the opportunity to be the advisor for SWAT,” said Jill Scott. “I just know that you will see great things from this club in the future!”

Tobacco Prevention Specialist, Amanda John, was also so happy to welcome Ms. Scott as the new SWAT Advisor at Lake Placid High School. “After the first meeting with Jill, I knew she was going to take the SWAT Club at LPHS in the right direction,” said Amanda.

Lake Placid High School wasn’t the only one to host a successful SWAT recruitment activity! Sebring High School also hosted their recruitment on 9th Grade Orientation night and had 16 students sign the recruitment sheet! Sebring High will see two seniors leave after this school year, but with the amount of interest from the incoming freshman, the club looks to actually gain members!

The middle school SWAT Clubs had several meetings this quarter and lots of fun preparing for World No Tobacco Day. Students made HUGE posters to hang around their schools to raise awareness about the anti-tobacco holiday.

Avon Park Middle School Students prepare for World No Tobacco Day
Left to Right:  Ashley Paoli, Aiden Porter, Tally Aquirrey (APMS Students)

For information on the SWAT Program in Highlands County, you can contact Mrs. John at