VanSickle Wins Drug Free Clubs of America 2018 Essay Scholarship Contest

(May 24, 2018) – Wooster High School sophomore, Sophia VanSickle, was named the 2018 recipient of the Drug Free Clubs of America (DFCA) Essay Scholarship Contest. VanSickle’s essay was selected as the top winner from more than 250 submissions from students across Ohio. 

“Wooster High School administration and staff, along with all high school DFCA members are so proud of Sophia,” said Heidi Haas, administrative intern and DFCA advisor. “This is such a great honor.” 

DFCA’s mission is to protect the nation’s youth from the horrors of drug abuse, using highly effective tactics to foster their bright futures. Founded in 2005, the club has more that 6,000 members across the country. 

Students were given a writing prompt for the essay by DFCA and asked to construct a response that addresses the prompt surrounding the issues that teenagers face in connection to drugs and alcohol. VanSickle’s essay addressed the impact of DFCA and offered different suggestions for improvement and implementation of the program in schools across the state. 

VanSickle was presented the award during a presentation at the high school on May 16. As part of the scholarship, VanSickle received a check for $2,000, a certificate award and a letter from the DFCA Board of Directors.