Cheney student wins state D.A.R.E. essay contest

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Release Date: Aug 17, 2018

MANHATTAN – (August 17, 2018) – A Cheney student has been named the winner of this year’s state D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) essay contest, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Donovan Webb, currently a 6th grade student at Cheney Middle School, was named the winner of the statewide contest, which is coordinated by the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association. The announcement was made last month during the organization’s annual banquet in Manhattan, and Webb today met with Attorney General Schmidt to discuss the essay. During the past year, Webb participated in the Cheney Police Department’s D.A.R.E. program, which culminated in writing an essay about the things he learned in the program. Webb is the son of Chris and Julia Webb of Cheney.

The D.A.R.E. program teaches students valuable life skills that can help in resisting the dangers of drugs and alcohol,” Schmidt said. “Donovan’s essay thoughtfully reflected the importance of having these discussions with kids."

The statewide D.A.R.E. program is coordinated by the Attorney General’s Office. More than 100 Kansas communities have D.A.R.E. programs serving students in their areas. For more information on the Kansas D.A.R.E. program, and to read Webb’s winning essay, visit

Photo Caption: 2018 DARE Essay Winner Donovan Webb with Cheney Police Chief Ken Winter and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

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