Wanner on winning team with no drugs vow
South Adams senior and football quarterback Dustin Wanner has been selected to represent South Adams High School as Substance Abuse Awareness Council (SAAC) role model this fall. Wanner will be calling the signals on the Starfire football team this season and playing safety on the defensive squad.
"I am very honored to receive this award," said Wanner. "I hope that it makes me closer to everyone so that I can be the right kind of example. It is good that students who try to live life the right way also receive recognition.
"I know I have to be a leader on the field and off the field, as a quarterback and an example," continued Wanner. "I want people to know what I stand for, what I believe. I want to be the right kind of representative for myself and for the team."
Wanner says that he has no need to take alcohol or be drunk. He stressed that he is well aware how much healthier it is to live a clean life.
"I know that this is the right way to live," said Wanner. "I want to live life longer and have no health problems. I know that in order to do that we need to stay away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
"I feel a little pressure in all of this," continued Wanner. "I know that everyone is watching me to see how I live my life, especially as role model.
"If you ever do get tempted, the best thing to do is to stay completely away from the situation," continued Wanner. "I ask God to help me in these situations."
Wanner noted that he is the oldest of four children. He is aware that the three younger siblings are watching to see whether he makes good choices or bad choices.
"If I make bad choices, it's easier for them to make bad choices. I have two brothers and a sister. I know that they are looking up to me," said Wanner.
Barry Humble, representing SAAC, said that the organization is very pleased with the selection of Wanner as the role model for South Adams. He also praised Bixler Insurance and the First Bank of Berne for supporting the South Adams student role model program for the sixth year in a row.
"In Dustin's case, he has proved himself with 100 percent credibility," said Humble. "We are excited that he has been chosen and look forward to working with him.
"You can look at college level athletes, and they have made some bozo choices," added Humble. "People like Dustin have done things right this past year."
Humble explained that Wanner was chosen by the athletic director, Mike Pries, and various representatives.
"Our coaching staff picked Dustin as a role model because they felt he would be excellent in the position," said Pries. "He does things the right way. He is a positive role model for all of our student athletes. He represents everything we want in a student athlete."
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