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'First Look': Teen to be honored for combatting bullying

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    Kern Valley High School student Victoria Scoggan talks with Kern County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Garcia about an award she'll receive during an appearance on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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BY CHRISTINE L. PETERSON Californian web editor cpeterson@bakersfield.com

She wants to be an oncology surgeon and find the cure for cancer. She also wants to be a fullback on her school's varsity football team.

For now, sophomore Victoria Scoggan works to combat bullying at Kern Valley High School and talks to students about suicide prevention.

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When you are feeling down

And being hurt by the crowd

Just look around and speak out loud.

You're not afraid

You're not a slave

You Are Brave

So don't be ashamed.

What the truth is., you won't listen

But the lies

They just seem to glisten.

don't cry...don't sigh

Look up at the sky and tell that crowd goodbye

You may be shy

but you will die if you don't say what you need

Just breathe

Look very deep into their hearts

then Smile to show your part.



To show them you can reach your part.

To Make The Impossible- Possible

-- A poem by Victoria Scoggan

Her dedication to helping fellow students through difficult times has earned her the Kegley Institute of Ethics' first ever Youth Award to be presented at the annual Wendy Wayne Awards for Exemplary Ethical Behavior Dinner taking place Thursday.

Scoggan, 16, who will receive a $5,000 college scholarship, discussed her efforts Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

"I really believe she is on her way to changing the world," said Kern County Sheriff's Deputy Joe Garcia, the coordinator of the Kern Valley Sheriff's Activities League, who nominated Scoggan for the recognition. He also called her "such an awesome kid."

Scoggan fights bullying with words for both the bully and the victim -- "the fists don't come out," she noted.

She said she's seen teens pushed into walls. When something like that happens, she'll talk to both the bully and the person who was hurt. She said talking to bullies often opens their eyes to what they've done, and some share that they've learned their behavior from their parents.

"You're not all big and fab the way that you think you are. This is just rude, not right whatsoever," she said she's told bullies.

And she tells kids they shouldn't need to worry about feeling safe at school.

Now, she said, other students ask her what she's doing, because they want to intervene if they see a problem, too.

Garcia said Scoggan is always watching out for others who are bullied, and students who are contemplating suicide. She said it's very scary to have someone's life in her hands, but she talks to them and tells them there are teachers and other adults to talk to.

The deputy said Scoggan always wants to be sure others are taken care of. Take a recent leadership conference they attended in Anaheim. She was off writing a thank you note to the hotel housekeeping staff, Garcia said.

He did some research on Wendy Wayne, the namesake of the honor, and said he knew he had the right person to nominate in Scoggan.

She's to receive her award from Cal State Bakersfield's Kegley Institute of Ethics at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bell Tower Club. The Adult Lifetime Achievement Award will be given posthumously to Wayne, known for her lifetime of work improving the lives of others both here and abroad.

The deadline to purchase tickets is 9 a.m. Wednesday. Information is available at csub.edu/wendy or by calling 654-3149.


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