Bryan High School group recognized in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- A Bryan [TX] High School group is being nationally honored for its advocacy work.

Bryan High School group recognized in Washington, D.C. (Source: Gray DC)

Vikings Kicking Out Tobacco is a student-led organization at Bryan High School.

Thursday evening, the group was named the Group Youth Advocates of the Year by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

One of the group's members, Zaria Yarbrough, said, “To be able to finally put our names out there and win something and make change, it just feels amazing.”

The group is being recognized for picking up cigarette butts in city parks, highlighting effects of second-hand smoke, and for playing a role in pushing for stricter smoking restrictions in Bryan.

“We are thrilled to honor Vikings Kicking Out Tobacco as our Group Youth Advocates of the Year,” said Matthew L. Myers, President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “These young leaders are proof that a small group can stand up to the tobacco industry, inspire their peers to be tobacco-free and encourage elected officials to take action. They are helping create the first tobacco-free generation.”

Along with the recognition, Vikings Kicking Out Tobacco is also receiving scholarships to continue its anti-tobacco advocacy.

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