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In front of an audience of nearly 700 activists representing 48 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia, Japan and Guam, Juneau's Monique Barteaux was honored for outstanding work contributing to Mothers Against Drunk Driving's mission to help save lives, prevent injuries and serve victims.
The prestigious award was presented Oct. 2 during a ceremony marking the end of the organization's national conference, held this month in Grapevine, Texas.
Barteaux, 16, received the prestigious Youth Activist of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding efforts to prevent underage drinking and further MADD's mission in Alaska. She was recognized for her activities including educating younger youth as well as her peers, starring in radio and TV PSA's, and speaking before the legislature.
"The devoted effort of Monique Barteaux is an inspiration to MADD's commitment to life-saving work and a reason behind MADD's success," said Wendy J. Hamilton, MADD's national president. More than 100 nominations were submitted in the award categories to honor achievements during 2004.
In the fall of 2002, Barteaux joined MADD Juneau's Youth In Action, a group for teenagers who are interested in preventing underage drinking and drinking and driving.
"No teen in Juneau has done more to prevent underage drinking than Monique," Juneau YIA coordinator Jessica Paris said. "She has grown so much in the last two years. She has become such a leader."
This is the second national award MADD Juneau has won in the last three years. The MADD Jean Moorhead Duffy Award for legislative initiative was captured by MADD Alaska in 2002.
MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking. There are approximately 600 MADD affiliates and two million members and supporters nationwide.