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Miss Michigan Shares Anti-Drug Message with Wyandotte Students

In the wake of a relative's death, Angela Venditti has focused her platform on reaching young people.

Having volunteered with anti-drug causes since she was 14 years old, Angela Venditti said a family tragedy struck her especially hard at age 20.

Her close friend and cousin, Natalie, died of a heroin overdose in 2008.

And now as the reigning Miss Michigan 2012, Venditti is sharing her personal story in hopes of reaching other young people.

While her focus is on prevention, the 24-year-old said she tailors her talk depending on the age of her audience.

"With the younger kids, it's about working on decision-making skills and things like that," she said. "With an older group, it's possible they may have already tried or are maybe using drugs or alcohol. With an older group, my message is it's never too late to start over and good things can come to your life from living a clean lifestyle."

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Art Zasadny September 19, 2012 at 02:55 PM
It's too bad that these anti-drug talks and programs, like DARE completely fail... We desperately want to believe that we can prevent kids from making bad decisions and experimenting with drugs, but we can't. Just like billboards and PSA's don't stop people from smoking. Education has nothing to do with keeping kids off drugs because all kids learn that drugs are bad and a certain percentage will always get involved with them, no matter what approach is tried... Sad, really...
Peter Rose September 19, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I listened to Angela speak at the Rotary meeting yesterday, and just now listened to her speak to the audience at Roosevelt. She has a great, direct persona, speaks clearly and cogently, and is, in my opinion, an excellent representative of the Miss Michigan program and our state. One more clear, NICE voice begging kids to stay focused can't hurt. She's older than them, but not so far removed as to be of the "older generation". Great job, Angela, and thank you. See you again on October 1st.

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