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BIY extreme videos push drug-free life

Lee Harstad

Frontside ollie into a phat rail slide hovering into a 180 off the pipe and end with an anti-drug message. Say what?

Moffat County High School (MCHS) students involved in the Biyleve in Yourself (BIY) group are venturing into extreme sports and popular music to spread a message about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Videos are shown during lunch hour every. Along with views of extreme sports such as skateboarding, snowboarding, bull riding and BMX racing, programs show humorous skits from shows such as “Saturday Night Live.” Drug-free messages are shown between segments. Some messages incorporate humor into real messages while others dwell on the downsides of drug use.

All drug-free messages were donated by “Partnership for a Drug Free America” and extreme videos were donated by Resort Sport’s Network and AT&T Cable Services.

According to Benjamin Kramer, treasurer of BIY, the deterrent began when the group visited TCI Cable (now AT&T Cable Services) to make a short public service announcement about the dangers of drugs.

“We thought, ‘Why can’t we make our own tapes?'” Kramer said. “Now we are able to put in different shows and space them out to the students’ liking. There are so many different things we can do with the computer software.”

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Biyleve in Yourself is directed by Andrew Young. Members receive a teacher’s-aid credit and have a class period to produce the tapes.

“We are trying new things that no one else has tried,” Tim Kramer said.

“We want to produce videos that they will watch to promote being drug free,” said Amber Ahlstrom, BIY vice president.

Ahlstrom is also working on incorporating student-life activities, such as homecoming, to add to the already exciting videos.

“We are having a great time,” Young said. “This is the best group of students, full of integrity. They are real solid with no hypocrites and they seem to get more done.”

Becoming a member of BIY requires a pledge to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

“We are not afraid to express how we feel that we don’t do drugs and there are better things to do.” said Oliver Wiersma, secretary.

The group expresses a common interest “Look at us; you can’t tell that we are any different because we don’t use.”

“It is neat that we can tell people what we did Saturday night and remember,” Ahlstrom said. “It is the idea that we are free.”

Video makers in the group have state-of-the-art editing equipment in the form of a computer software program. Until recently, the group had used MCHS coaches’ recording equipment. According to the group, learning the skill took time, but they have made progress.

“This is a good way to get an anti-drug message out while keeping viewers entertained,” said member Tim Gonzales

After conquering both sets of equipment, BIY is able to produce professional videos for entertainment and educational purposes.

“We are able to express what we like through video,” Gonzales said. “It is quite an accomplishment and people respect our decision.”

The seniors of BIY produce the videos, but the group is open to all grade levels. The majority of the group is seniors and the group wants to keep the program going.

“We want to expand our horizons and keep BIY going,” Wiersma said.

Not only does BIY produce videos, they are also active in educating younger generations and attending programs dedicated to their cause.

The group produces T-shirts and hats items expressing drug-free messages. This year, the group held a junk car-bashing at Craig Middle School and a “sponge noodle fight.” The “fight” was a brawl with water noodles, long Styrofoam objects used for flotation in water, cut in half and dipped in paint. CMS students covered themselves in plastic and pounded each other with the noodles full of paint.