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Practice Prom Pride program at MAC
PRESTONSBURG "I always said that'd be it," as Rebecca Lynn Howard began to sing her smash hit "Forgive" the Floyd County juniors and seniors erupted into cheers of approval for the "hometown" girl at the annual Practice Prom Pride program held May 1, at the Mountain Arts Center.

Rebecca Lynn Howard, a native of Magoffin County and MCA recording artist, was introduced by Randy Jones, WDHR deejay, as the final act of a day filled with great talent and an unwavering message. The program began with Dr. Paul Fanning, superintendent of Floyd County Schools, encouraging the students to make wise choices during this prom and graduation season. Dr. Fanning also used a historical approach to drive his message home. Clayton Case, a member of the Kentucky Opry and an alumnus of Betsy Layne High School, gave a spectacular performance of "God Bless America" as the audience stood with a lump in their throat and tears burning their eyes.

Each of the four county high schools were represented as skits were performed delivering the message of the dangers of drinking alcohol, use of other drugs and driving while under the influence. Students from Allen Central High School performed "Turn Around"; Prestonsburg High School performed "Johnny Be Good"; South Floyd High School performed two skits, "Only a Few" and "One Every Twenty-Two Minutes"; Betsy Layne High School performed "Please Remember," a skit written by their guidance counselor, Vickie Ratliff.

Kentucky State Police trooper Craig Stalker closed the program by reminding the students that they knew each prom date and their goal is to protect the safety of all people.

The prom program began in 1996 as an effort to deliver the message about the dangers and consequences of drinking/driving and the use of other drugs to high school juniors and seniors. The focus is on the two days, prom and graduation, in which more young people are killed in motor vehicle accidents than any other time of the year. The goal of the program is for all students to have a safe and memorable prom.

The program is a collaborative effort of: Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Floyd County Schools, Floyd County Youth Service Centers, Kentucky State Police Post 9, and the Mountain Regional Prevention Center.

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