SHERMAN, TX - When a group of Sherman High School students put together an anti-bullying program last year, they never dreamed they would be competing on a national level. But last weekend Sherman's "3D" program won first place in a statewide FCCLA competition. Now they're headed to the national championship in Florida. They're hoping to bring home the gold but more importantly share their message with the country.
"Every seven seconds a child in America is being bullies," Haleigh Cooper, 3d Head Teen Leader.
Which is why this group of Sherman High School Students decided it was time to take action and put together the "3D" anti-bullying program. Last week they took their program to the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America state competition and won first place.
"Awesome," said Dani Jarvis, 3D president. "I'm so excited. I never dreamed we could get that far and now we're going to nationals which is such a big accomplishment."
The three D's: Decide who you are, Define who you are, Deliver your message, are the foundation of the program. They started planning the project a year ago, and students say this award is just proof that it works.
"It's just helps me to know that this program could actually flourish and get bigger and we can help others," Cooper said.
3D focuses on trying to get students to empathize with one another and respect each others differences.
"I can tell my story to other people," said Amanda Le, FCCLA President, "and I can help students that are just like me overcome bullying and tell bullies hey you need to stop because this is affecting me and everybody else."
"It's helped the students realize that there's a lot going on, said Teacher Symantha Murray, 3d co-founder. "When you see a kid at school you don't really know what's going on behind the scenes."
Now the group is headed to the national competition in Florida where they hope to bring home the gold. But while they say the awards are nice, it's not the reason they do this.
"That's our ultimate goal, said Jarvis. "No matter what the titles are or anything like that, we want to be able to take this program and give it to other schools for free.
The National competition will be this June in Orlando.