MALONE — A junior at Franklin Academy was the recipient of a proclamation from the state assembly during an award presentation at the village office, Thursday afternoon.
Lacie Robideau was named Youth Ambassador of the Year by Reality Check, for her work to foster environments supportive of tobacco-free norms through public education efforts, according to a press release from Dana Bushey Isabella, program director with Tobacco-Free Clinton Franklin Essex and Reality Check.
Reality Check is a statewide youth-led movement aimed at creating the first tobacco-free generation, according to the group’s website.
Robideau was named the youth ambassador of the year for the state’s capital region, according to Isabella’s press release, which states the award honors work by young leaders to counter marketing tactics from the tobacco industry geared toward youths, according to Isabella’s press release.
Robideau has a passion for a tobacco-free outdoors that has led to many tobacco litter cleanups in the parks and school grounds of Malone, helping to make the community a healthier place to live, according to Isabella’s press release.
Isabella said Robideau joined Reality Check as a sixth grader at Malone Middle School and has remained an active member of Reality Check’s team in the North Country.
“Reality Check has taught me to never give up. I have learned to consider others’ opinions and to always be prepared,” Robideau said, in the press release, “I have learned not to worry so much, to think it through, be prepared and it will all work out.”
Assemblyman D. Billy Jones, D – Chateaugay Lake, was on hand for the reading of a proclamation from the state assembly in recognition Robideau’s work.
“Lacie’s hard work and dedication to Reality Check and to creating the first tobacco-free generation is admirable and an inspiration to others across the North Country,” Jones said, in the press release, “Young leaders like Lacie give me hope for what the future will bring.”
Robideau and other members of Reality Check work to promote change in their communities through grassroots mobilization and education, according to Megan Perez, who has worked as Robideau’s Reality Check advisor for the past three years.
“Her growth from a shy middle schooler to her current confident nature has been a pleasure to witness,” Perez said, in the press release, “Lacie is the leader and heart of the group.”
Reality Check of New York State will honor one statewide winner and four regional winners this year.
To be considered for an award, applicants needed to complete four written statements and make a one to three minute video segment.