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Boonsboro students prevail in essay contest

June 07, 2009

On May 28, the trauma department of Washington County Hospital held a reception to honor the winners of the 2009 trauma safety essay contest.

More than 100 middle school students from the county submitted essays on the consumption of alcohol, the dangers involved and steps that individuals can take to protect themselves from needing trauma services at the hospital.

Joan Fortney, administrative director of emergency and trauma services, said that spreading the message of prevention is key because of the severity of most trauma injuries. "More than 50 percent of trauma patients don't make it to the hospital and there is nothing we can do to help them. Preventing at risk behaviors is what we need to reach out to most in order to change that statistic."

"When we see children as trauma patients, it is particularly traumatic for us as well," added Dr. Marc Kross, chief trauma surgeon.

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Winners of the essay contest were Rachel Cole, first place; Amber Lee, second place; and Connor McClellan, third place. All three are students at Boonsboro Middle School in Donna Hudson's English class. Hudson encouraged the students to participate in the contest.

In Rachel's essay, she wrote, "If you're going to drink as a teen, forget about your dream job, it's over."

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