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January 30, 2014

HCHS senior to serve on state youth tobacco board

Jasper — Hamilton County High School senior Madihah Tomoney was recently chosen to serve on the Youth Advocacy Board (YAB) for Tobacco Free Florida, which is an extreme and high honor, according to Michelle Lee, director of the Hamilton County SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) team.

SWAT’s mission is to mobilize, educate, unite, and equip Florida youth to revolt against and de-glamorize big tobacco. Florida’s Tobacco Free Florida YAB consists of three SWAT team members representing each of the four regions in Florida who are elected annually by their peers at a statewide meeting.

The announcement of Tomoney’s selection to the board was made at the Jan. 21 meeting of the Hamilton County Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Coalition and Hamilton County Tobacco Free Partnership.

In order to be considered to serve on the state board, Tomoney had to submit an application, as well as write an essay explaining who she was, why she was a committed and dedicated member of SWAT, and what her future plans were, as far as continuing to promote SWAT.

“It’s a high honor,” said Lee. “She’s like my right-hand person. I’m going to miss her after she graduates. I’m very proud of her.”

Serving on the YAB board, Lee said, is over and above all the other SWAT activities Tomoney is already involved with. As a member of the YAB, Tomoney represents Hamilton, Columbia, Suwannee and Lafayette counties.

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