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May 21, 2018
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Stillwater News

Bailey Wind showing photos of the accident to students
Bailey Wind shares pictures of what the car looked like after the accident on Dec. 1, 2012, which claimed the lives of two students.

Bailey talks to students after the assembly
Students had the chance to talk and take pictures with Bailey after the presentation.

Seniors sign prom safety banner
At the end of the assembly, seniors voluntarily signed a banner saying, "I commit to a safe, fun prom night!"

Students get sobering reminder of
dangers of driving while impaired

May 16, 2014 – Today, May 16, 2014, is the Stillwater High School Senior Prom. For many students, this is something they look forward to their entire high school career. Afterwards, it’s a memory they cherish.

This morning, seniors and juniors had the opportunity to listen to Bailey Wind talk about the importance of making the right choices on prom night, and every night.

Bailey is a graduate of the Shaker High School Class of 2013 and is currently a student-athlete at the University of Tennessee. She is also a survivor of the horrific Northway car accident, which claimed the lives of two Shenendehowa students in December 2012. Bailey and another passenger, Matthew Hardy, who were also in the car, were critically injured. The driver of the second vehicle, Dennis Drue, is currently serving 5 to 15 years in state prison for causing the accident. He admitted to police to being high on marijuana and speeding at the time of the crash.

“I’m here today to reach as many of you as I can so that you can make the right choices,” said Bailey. “On December 1, 2012, I became a different person all because of the poor choices someone else made. It took minutes to devastate an entire community.”

During the presentation, Bailey shared photos of the accident and her long recovery. She talked about what she remembered from the accident and how she deals with the after effects every day, both mentally and physically.

Bailey asked students to make a plan before partying with friends, and told them not to feel embarrassed saying no to driving under the influence, or getting in a car with a friend who is.

She asked, “Do you want to be responsible for devastating so many lives?”

“I’ve tried to turn this tragedy into something positive,” added Bailey. “Think before you act, and have fun at prom tonight.”

The Stillwater High School SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club has organized the After Prom at Hometown Lanes immediately following prom tonight. Seniors and their dates, as well as any seniors who choose not to attend prom, can enjoy a variety of fun activities in a safe environment.





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