Students throughout the region have nearly completed another year of their academic careers. Through this time, many of them have picked up skills they will use throughout their lives.
Last week at Tygarts Valley High School, students learned something that just may save their lives.
The Alcohol Beverage Control Administration's DUI Simulator was set up to allow students to play a driving video game that gradually increased their virtual blood alcohol level and therefore impaired their maneuvering abilities.
The school's driver's education teacher, Betty Newsom, said she thinks it's important "that our kids are educated about the dangers of driving drunk."
We think another plus was the perfect timing for the students to experience the simulator as the school year winds down for summer break and seniors mark the end of their high school days.
It is our hope that the graduates leave their schools with not only the knowledge they have absorbed, but a sense of pride as they step into the next phase of life. With that comes a responsibility - for their actions and for the welfare of those who surround them.
Commencement is a time of celebration, but not one that gets out of hand or poses danger. Next week, the Junior Woman's Club of Elkins will host an all-night after-graduation party for the Elkins High School class of 2012. We urge students and parents to consider this and other drug- and alcohol-free events as a way to spend graduation night. It's the best bet in playing it safe.