Brody Hooper, center, stands with parents Karen and Fred after receiving the Volunteer Award from the Northern Tier Providers Coalition Nov. 7 at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid.
An Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School senior was honored for his efforts to help fight against synthetic drugs in Essex County.
The Northern Tier Providers Coalition presented Brody Hooper with their Volunteer Award during its 15th Annual Awards Banquet Nov. 7 at the Crowne Plaza in Lake Placid.
Hooper was presented with the award by Doug Terbeek, Executive Director of the Prevention Team of Essex County, Inc., and outgoing president of the coalition, for “advocacy efforts in leading (his) peers in the prevention of chemical dependency in (his) community.”
“Brody is the first student to receive this award,” Terbeek said. “His PowerPoint on K-2 and synthetic marijuana really generated and outpouring of interest from his peers and from the community.”
Terbeek talked about the work that Hooper did with the county, working with the county’s Bringing Everyone’s Strengths Together (BEST) Committee to spread the word on the dangerous of these drugs to local schools.
“Brody made presentations with people from the county and this really generated a great, grassroots campaign,” Terbeek said. “I am confident that was part of bringing about the ban at the state level.”
In receiving the award, Hooper thanked some of the people who had helped him through the county.
“I was just one person in a large group that worked on this,” Hooper said. “Kristy Sprague and Mike Mascarenas we big supporters and helped me out a lot. We all had a huge impact.”
Terbeek said that the determination and commitment to the campaign demonstrated leadership from a high school student that he found impressive.
“He is a young man with a plan and a vision for the future,” Terbeek said.
Hooper said that he just wanted to help bring awareness of a problem to his peers.
“I wanted to help try and stop something that was becoming a real issue in our community,” Hooper said.
The coalition, which combines prevention, education and rehabilitation organizations from seven counties in northern New York, also gave awards to Massena Police Chief Tim Currier (Public Service Award), ASAC of Jefferson County (Community Service Award) and Nicole Bailey (Professional Recognition Award).