May 20, 2009

Students complete drug and alcohol education program

By Sgt. Andrew H. Owen
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

RADFORD, Va. — The Virginia National Guard paired with the National Center for Prevention and Research Solutions May 2 at the Motor Mile Raceway to honor the recent graduates of the Stay on Track program, a positive educational curriculum, during the first annual Stay on Track Graduation Event.


Graduates of the Stay on Track program took a lap around the track in Virginia Army National Guard transport trucks. (Contributed Photo) 

Soldiers from the 1173rd Transportation Company, along with personnel from the state’s Counterdrug Task Force, made the trip to Radford to provide four five-ton cargo trucks and a color guard to support the Willis Elementary School’s participation in the nation-wide Stay on Track program.

Loaded up with the more than 40 students, the trucks, decorated with 10-foot "Stay on Track" banners, drove around the racetrack for a spotlight parade lap. The students waved in excitement as the crowd cheered them on and snapped photographs of the students enjoying their victory lap.

The students were driven to the center stage by the Guardsmen, where they were met by the Virginia color guard. The students sang the National Anthem before running to their seats before the races began.

One lucky student was given the opportunity to join the announcer and utter the four magic words that precede all major auto races, “Gentlemen, start your engines!”

“Stay on Track is one of the best programs to come to this area,” said Principal Sandra Montgomery.



Graduates of the Stay on Track program were recognized in a ceremony May 2. (Contributed Photo) 


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