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Brooke student’s senior honors project a win-win

VALUABLE LESSON — From left are, Jennifer Pierce, chief operating officer, CHANGE Inc.; Brooke High School student Haeley Shaffer; Lisa Mowry, chief executive officer; and Marissa Collett, Domestic Violence Assistance Program manager. Shaffer donated proceeds from self-defense seminars she taught as part of her senior honors project to CHANGE Inc.’s Domestic Violence Awareness Center and the Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter. -- Contributed

WELLSBURG — When Haeley Shaffer, a senior at Brooke High School, began working on her senior honors project, she came up with an idea that would not only equip the staff and students of Brooke County with a valuable lesson, but one that would help local victims of domestic violence, too.

Shaffer is a second-degree black belt of the Chuck Norris System which she earned at her family’s karate studio, Shaffer Top Form Karate. She hosted a series of self-defense seminars teaching adults and children how to survive and escape attack situations safely.

Classes taught lessons such as defenses to attack, grabs, chokes and pushes. The children’s classes focused on the prevention of bullying.

Proceeds raised from classes were donated to CHANGE Inc.’s Domestic Violence Awareness Center and the Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter. DVAC provides advocacy for the residents of Brooke and Hancock counties on issues resulting from domestic violence while the Lighthouse seeks to provide protection, intervention and support to victims of domestic violence.

Shaffer plans to attend West Liberty University in the fall to major in pre-veterinary medicine and zoology.

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