Pictured: Samantha Haselman

Senior Samantha Haselman was named a finalist in the Bernie Sanders State of the Union essay contest. Each year students are asked to write about the major issues facing our country. Haselman wrote about the impact of the opioid crisis’ on Vermont citizens and offered suggestions to help navigate addiction. Her piece was selected as one of the top ten essays in the state. 

“I wrote my essay on the opioid crisis because I have a very personal experience with this topic. It is important to me to be able to express my concerns and open up about how it truly does impact families, children, and people in society. I am truly grateful to be able to have this opportunity to share my thoughts on this particular issue. I will continue to provide advocacy and openness. I hope people will provide more resources, compassion and not judgment when it comes to those who are struggling with addiction. “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving; we get stronger and more resilient.”- Samantha Haselman

We are so proud of Samantha for speaking up about these issues.  Take a moment to read Samantha’s Essay by clicking here.


Elizabeth Noonan is the Principal of BFA Fairfax High School and is a regular contributor to THE FWSU STORY.

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