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Every 15 Minutes

George Stevens Academy held Every 15 Minutes on May 3 and 4 to challenge students to think about personal choices while driving or being a passenger, and the impact those choices can have on others. On Thursday, a mock car accident was staged in front of the school with a mock fatality and injury, and an arrest for drunken driving. The accident victims were removed by local firefighters using the Jaws of Life, and parents identified the student who did not survive the crash. The students portraying the crash victims were taken off site overnight, and on Friday a mock memorial service was held. Counselors from Aroostook Mental Health Center were also on site. The Every 15 Minutes program is held at high schools nationwide but this was the first time GSA held the event.

Pall bearers

Pall bearers

Members of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office lead the procession during the staged memorial service.

Photo by Monique Labbe

Injured

Injured

Portraying an accident victim, junior LeeAnn Varnum is removed from the vehicle by emergency responders May 3 at Every 15 Minutes at George Stevens Academy.

Photo by Anne Berleant

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Words about Bess

Words about Bess

Ian Ramsey talks about his memories with Bess MacArthur during her staged memorial service.

Photo by Monique Labbe

Arrest

Arrest

Senior Marshal Lebel, portraying the driver at fault, is led away in handcuffs by a Hancock County sheriff’s deputy May 3 at Every 15 Minutes at George Stevens Academy.

Photo by Anne Berleant

Body bag

Body bag

Mock funeral directors remove the victim in a staged accident scene prior to identification by parents May 3 at Every 15 Minutes at George Stevens Academy.

Photo by Anne Berleant

Clear emotions

Clear emotions

Kathy and Gordon MacArthur mourn the loss of their daughter Bess during the staged memorial service.

Photo by Monique Labbe