August 22, 2018

“My name is Erin and I am an addict.”

I remember joking about being an addict, saying things like, “Yup, I’m just a no-good junkie, might as well get high.” I laughed when I said […]
April 5, 2018

You can now text your emergency to 911

  Starting today, April 2, 2018, if you are not near a landline, you can text your emergency to 911.  This new feature will allow better […]
September 22, 2017

What Do I Do With My Child?

College can be an exciting time for many young adults; it is where they experience many firsts, including a new lifestyle, friends, roommates, exposure to new […]
August 9, 2017


My experience here at the John Volken Academy (JVA) has been in many ways the hardest and best experience I have had in my whole life. […]
May 20, 2016

Alcohol Vaping

Alcohol vaping was first introduced in 2004 when the Alcohol Without Liquid (AWOL) device was released. The US abruptly banned the product and the idea behind […]
May 20, 2016

Taking A Stand

My peers and family have always known me as the “good girl.” And you know what? That’s perfectly okay with me.   My weekends usually consist […]
May 6, 2016

Above the Influence

They say people can change your life. I know this is true. Sometimes they don’t even know their own impact.   There was a girl in […]
May 6, 2016

Make The Difficult Choice

Integrity is knowing the difference between right and wrong and choosing to do the right thing, even when it is difficult. Most people find it difficult […]
April 22, 2016

Weighing In on Stats

Nationwide, 72.5% of students have had at least 1 drink of alcohol in their lives. Each year, about 5,000 people under age 21 die from motor […]
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