Triumphing over adversity earns CHS senior Youth of the Month Award

Hanners Youth of Month

Crestview High School senior Jackie Hanners, second from left, with her mother Tina Hanners, receives the Crestview Exchange Club Youth of the Month award from club president Mayor David Cadle and member Sharlene Cox, right.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 04:11 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Overcoming adversity at school and in her personal life, a Crestview High School senior has turned tragedy into an anti-texting-and-driving awareness campaign at the school.

For her efforts, the Crestview Exchange Club named Jackie Hanners its Youth of the Month Award recipient.

Sending a message

"I grew up in a loving family" despite relatives’ alcoholism and drug abuse, Jackie said. "I grew up through all that."

When Jackie’s father died in 2010, her best friend, Megan Warman, helped her through the difficult days and weeks that followed.

Jackie joined Megan on the school volleyball team to take attention from her loss, "but it was real hard," she said.

On Jan. 27, 2011, Megan lost control of her car while texting en route to Northwest Florida State College. She lingered 10 days in a coma before succumbing to injuries sustained in the multiple rollover.

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