Cuthbertson student recognized for safety efforts

Jessica Weber (second from left) was recognized as the National SAVE student of the Year. Pictured from left is Cuthbertson High School Principal Rob Jackson, Jessica Weber, her father Mike, her brother Chris and her SAVE advisor Leah Ross. Photo courtesy of Cuthbertson High

One Cuthbertson High sophomore has been honored with the National SAVE Student of the Year award. SAVE or Students Against Violence Everywhere, gave the 2011 award to Jessica Weber, due to what the group called her outstanding performance and lasting contributions to Cuthbertson High, her community and fellow students.

“Jessica embodies the ideals of SAVE and is a model for members everywhere,” SAVE executive director Carleen Wray said. “SAVE was started by students for students over 22 years ago, and Jessica continues that legacy today by being an outstanding leader and role model. We know that through students like Jessica, we can create safer schools and communities as a result of students being actively involved in meaningful youth safety efforts.”

Cuthbertson’s SAVE chapter advisor Leah Ross said that Weber helped create the school’s program.

“In the spring of 2010, Jessica took part in a presentation on domestic violence, and at the end of it, came to me and said ‘I’ve never been a victim, but nobody deserves to be.  How can I help?’” Ross said. “From there, she researched clubs relating to violence prevention and chose the one she felt fit our community’s needs the best; even organizing toy and blanket drives for the local child abuse center over her summer holiday.”

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