Althea Stachyra of St. Mary Grade School was chosen as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education essay winner during DARE graduation at J.L. Buford Intermediate Center on Tuesday, and presented her award from DARE Officer Ray Gilbert of the Mt. Vernon Police Department. About 260 students from District 80, St. Mary Grade School, Summersville Grade School and Bethel Grade School graduated from the training. Mt. Vernon Township High School students Landon Thomas and Annie Mulvaney spoke to the students about peer pressure, positive and negative influences, being involved and about being a leader and not a follower.