St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. program graduations

Lt. Lisa Jackson, left, and Sgt. Darrin Miller, right, D.A.R.E. anti-drug program supervisors, present certificates of completion to D.A.R.E. graduates at Chalmette Elementary.

More than 300 St. Bernard Parish fifth graders graduated from the fall semester of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

Sheriff James Pohlmann said the D.A.R.E. anti-drug program, taught in St. Bernard Parish schools by program supervisor Lt. Lisa Jackson and Sgt. Darrin Miller, is aimed at discouraging youngsters from using drugs, including tobacco and alcohol, or taking part in violence or the bullying of others.

Fifty students graduated the program Dec. 5 at W. Smith Elementary, 90 graduated Dec. 7 at Chalmette Elementary, 80 graduated Dec. 12 at J.F. Gauthier Elementary, 90 graduated Dec. 14 at Arabi Elementary, and 34 graduated from Our Lady of Prompt Succor on Dec. 19.

During the graduation ceremonies, students heard from Sheriff Pohlmann who spoke about making the right choices when it comes to the use of drugs or alcohol. The Sheriff stressed the importance of listening to their parents and teachers and choosing their friends wisely.

Sheriff Pohlmann also addressed parents in attendance about the importance of protecting our future by investing in our children. He praised parents for taking part in keeping their children on the right path and focused on doing the right thing, including talking often with them and looking for warning signs to help prevent drug use.

Sheriff Pohlmann also spoke to children about bullying and how important it is to not bully others and to report any kind of bullying they witness to an adult or teacher.

W. Smith Elementary School students perform an anti-drug skit during a graduation ceremony for fifth graders who completed the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.

W. Smith Elementary School fifth-graders who were named first- and second-place D.A.R.E. essay winners are, first row, from left: Mariyah Odom, second place; Jayden Williams, second place; Jaylin Williams, first place; and Innocence Spencer, first place. Pictured with the essay winners are, second row, from left: Lt. Lisa Jackson, D.A.R.E. anti-drug program supervisor; Lt. Daniel Bostic, of the Special Investigations Division Narcotics Unit; Col. Robert McNab, commander of the Special Investigations Division; Lt. Ricky Jackson, of the Special Investigations Division FBI Task Force; and Sgt. Darrin Miller, D.A.R.E. anti-drug program supervisor.

Chalmette Elementary School fifth-graders who were named first- and second-place D.A.R.E. essay winners are, first row, from left: Tyler Rushing, first place; Johnye’ Smiles, first place; Romell Maize, first place; Tyriell Jackson, first place; Jayden Pontecorvo, second place; Jonathan Sonnier, second place; Dylan Viknair, second place; and Ma’layshia Brown, second place. With the winners are, second row, from left: Col. Robert McNab, commander of the Special Investigations Division; Lt. Daniel Bostic, of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division Narcotics Unit; Elizabeth Winslow, Chalmette Elementary principal; Lt. Richard Mendel, of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office of the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Crime Investigations Bureau; and Lt. Lisa Jackson and Sgt. Darrin Miller, D.A.R.E. anti-drug program supervisors.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann speaks to J.F. Gauthier Elementary School fifth-graders during their D.A.R.E. anti-drug program graduation ceremony.

J.F. Gauthier Elementary School fifth-graders who were named first-place D.A.R.E. essay winners are, first row, from left: Bella Hetler, De’anne Serpas, Kayle Deffes and Barry Ramirez. Runners-up are, second row, from left: Claire LeBoeuf, Collin Assavedo, Chelsey Rimkus and Nicholas Young. With the essay winners are, third row, from left: Lt. Lisa Jackson and Sgt. Darrin Miller, D.A.R.E. anti-drug program supervisors; St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann; Lt. Robert Broadhead; and Capt. Ronnie Martin, assistant commander of the Special Investigations Division and the SWAT team.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann helps Arabi Elementary School fifth-grader Mark Loustalot with a necklace that was included in the bag of goodies he received for being a D.A.R.E. anti-drug program first-place essay winner.

Arabi Elementary School students who were named D.A.R.E anti-drug program first-place essay contest winners are, first row, from left: Mark Loustalot, Brennin Blum, Alyssa Edenfield and Charle’ Bright. Second row, from left, are: Arabi Elementary Student of the Year Robyn Hyas, and second-place D.A.R.E essay winners, from left: Victoria Thomas, Tina Nguyen, Samira Kandous and Daphny Hays. Third row, from left, are: St. Bernard School Board Member Katherine Lemoine, Lt. Rickey Jackson, Lt. Lisa Jackson, Capt. Ronnie Martin, Sheriff James Pohlmann, Lt. Robert Broadhead, Col. Robert McNab, and Arabi Elementary Principal Carla Carollo.

St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann speaks to Our Lady of Prompt Succor School students about the dangers of using drugs and alcohol during their D.A.R.E. anti-drug program graduation. With Sheriff Pohlmann on stage are, from left: Lt. Robert Broadhead, Capt. Ronnie Martin and Col. Robert McNab.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor School fifth-graders who were named D.A.R.E. essay winners are, first row, from left: Gabrielle Artus and Madeleine Tregle, honorable mention; Olivia Pohlmann and Grace Gaspard, first place; and Alexis Muscarello and Jack Armstrong, second place. With the winners are, second row, from left: Sgt. Darrin Miller, Lt. Robert Broadhead, Sheriff James Pohlmann, Col. Robert McNab, Capt. Ronnie Martin and Lt. Lisa Jackson.