Weekly roundup: DUI awareness campaign, a special touchdown in Mission Viejo, performing arts awards and more

More than 1,500 students from Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo sat quietly, some brushing away tears, during a school assembly this week that featured a mock car accident scene and special guest Jon Wilhite, the sole survivor of the 2009 DUI crash that killed Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other friends.

The Orange County Register wrote a piece about Wilhite’s visit to Trabuco Hills High this week, which was part of the school’s annual DUI awareness campaign Every 15 Minutes, organized by the California Highway Patrol, Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Mission Hospital and Care Ambulance. The event was designed to teach students the dangers of drinking and driving.

A drunk driver who ran a red light struck the car Adenhart, Wilhite and the two friends were riding in Fullerton eight years ago. Adenhart had just pitched six scoreless innings for the Angels before the crash. In an emotional speech, Wilhite told Trabuco Hills students he still doesn’t remember the crash, but thinks daily about the friends he lost.

Here are more education stores from this past week:

  • During the 14th Annual Orange County Cappies Gala, awards were presented to Orange County students in a variety of performing arts categories, from acting and singing to costume and set design.

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