The Mustang Youth Team stands in front of the White House. From left to right – Tina Gallagher (youth advisor), Anna Happy, Madyson Grenz, Jessica Gonzalez, Danya Zapeda, Chelsey Bloom, Miya Gallagher, Kimberly Trowbridge, Maggie King, Jose Jimenez, Travis Donaldson, Conner Fecht, Taylor Garland (kneeling)
The Mustang Youth Team stands in front of the White House. From left to right – Tina Gallagher (youth advisor), Anna Happy, Madyson Grenz, Jessica Gonzalez, Danya Zapeda, Chelsey Bloom, Miya Gallagher, Kimberly Trowbridge, Maggie King, Jose Jimenez, Travis Donaldson, Conner Fecht, Taylor Garland (kneeling)
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Dr. Seuss could have been describing the Mustang Youth Team.
Last October, the Frontier Community Coalition (FCC) organized the drug abuse prevention group at PCMS. About a dozen seventh and eighth graders keep running the ball to the end zone. 
They started with PSAs on vaping. Next, they hosted Red Ribbon Spirit Week and topped off a schoolwide assembly with a few rounds of drug abuse prevention jeopardy.
At Lovelock’s Fall Festival the Mustang Youth Team painted faces and sold donuts to raise funds for the adventure of a lifetime. Sponsors kicked in the rest. On Friday, the MYT returned from  Washington D.C. after a four-day (Feb. 3-6) national leadership forum.
The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA) hosted the event. Besides attending workshops, the team explored the nation’s capital. They toured the White House and were even present for the impeachment vote.
“We’re honored to have represented our community,” said Tina Gallagher, the club’s advisor and the deputy director of the FCC. “They are motivated and smart kids. They come up with all their own ideas and I just support them.”
There’s more to come. Watch for the youth team’s PSA about marijuana. It should air on K14KQ Channel 14 soon. They’re also planning a tobacco and alcohol-free event for the elementary and middle school.
In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Kids, you’ll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.”