Acceptable and Unacceptable- Students Express Their Feelings About Dating

Left to right standing: Abdul Halimi, Shannon Rigney, Whitman Principal Kathie Acker, Marilyn Granados, and Health Teacher Candice Farrell. Seated left to right: Taylor Parrish and Nicole Rowe
Left to right standing: Abdul Halimi, Shannon Rigney, Whitman Principal Kathie Acker, Marilyn Granados, and Health Teacher Candice Farrell. Seated left to right: Taylor Parrish and Nicole Rowe
“I want my poster to motivate teens to get out of abusive relationships and break the cycle of abuse,” said Nicole Rowe about her winning entry titled: Love Should Never Hurt. “It tells them that if there is something wrong, they should tell someone because it can hurt them to stay in the relationship.”
“I want my poster to motivate teens to get out of abusive relationships and break the cycle of abuse,” said Nicole Rowe about her winning entry titled: Love Should Never Hurt. “It tells them that if there is something wrong, they should tell someone because it can hurt them to stay in the relationship.”
"In order to be in a healthy relationship, you MUST first love yourself,” said Marilyn Granados. “Be true to yourself, love yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.”
Taylor Parrish’s winning entry in the creative writing category.
Taylor Parrish’s winning entry in the creative writing category.
Abdul Halimi, a member of the National Art Honor Society expresses his thoughts that earned a Runner Up Award in the 12th Annual “Express This” Contest.
Abdul Halimi, a member of the National Art Honor Society expresses his thoughts that earned a Runner Up Award in the 12th Annual “Express This” Contest.

Shannon Rigney, an educator for the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence was at Walt Whitman High School recently to award four students who won recognition for their winning submissions in the 12th Annual “Express This” Contest.

“One of our goals is to help prevent domestic violence, and I work with adolescents throughout Suffolk County by engaging them in discussions about healthy and unhealthy relationships, dating, and abuse,” said Ms. Rigney. “Every year we hold a creative contest called ‘Express This.’ The goal of the contest is to invite students in Suffolk County, grades 6 through 12, to respond to the issues of abuse and bullying in any creative format that they choose, including creative writing, video, song, or fine arts. This year's topic question was: What do you find acceptable and unacceptable in dating relationships.”

Congratulations to the following Walt Whitman students:

Visual Arts Category- Winner: Nicole Rowe, Runner Up: Marilyn Granados.

Creative Writing Category- Winner: Taylor Parrish, Runner Up: Abdul Halimi.

The Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence  (SCCADV) is a non-profit agency based in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York that provides free services to victims of domestic violence, their children and the community.

Additional information may be found at: www.sccadv.org