GORHAM — Androscoggin Valley Hospital, in conjunction with Berlin Junior High School and Gorham Middle/High School, held Health-A-Rama, a teen conference for eighth graders, on Thursday, May 22, at the Town & Country Inn and Resort in Gorham. The daylong event discussed important issues teens are facing such as drugs, alcohol, peer pressure and the impact and consequences of their choices and decisions. It was an opportunity for students to enjoy a day out of the norm, off campus, while learning meaningful lessons in real-life situations.
The Health-A-Rama Planning Committee continues to bring back its three main speakers, as they are standouts with students. Marko, opening keynote speaker, provides information in an entertaining and enlightening way. Charles “Chucky” Rosa speaks candidly about losing not one but two sons to drugs and alcohol.
The closing keynote speaker, Ed Gerety, is a leadership trainer at national youth leadership conferences, colleges, universities and schools across the country. Gerety is recognized for his unique ability to connect with audiences about real issues and has spoken to audiences in all 50 states, Canada, and Europe, reaching over one million people and counting.
Committee members are Nancy Aikens, guidance counselor, Berlin Junior High School; Jill Poulin, physical education teacher, Berlin Junior High School; Matt Saladino, guidance counselor, Gorham Middle/High School; and Linda Morris, volunteer coordinator and auxiliary president/liaison at Androscoggin Valley Hospital.