Peer leadership is being put to work at West Jordan High School and in surrounding areas to help students improve self-esteem and avoid the perils of drug and alcohol abuse and other self-destructive behaviors.

The school's Peer Leadership Team involves 12 top students and two advisers, Glen Hammond and Donna Newbold, in a program to promote resistance to drugs. The team members are Kare Bowen, Stephanie Dahn, Janena Jewell, Bill Kilpack, Tiffany Kuehne, Brian McGill, Benji Nelson, Natalie Nicol, Todd Palmer, Jason Perry, Lieca Takenaka and Leesa Udy.Dec. 12-16 the team will sponsor a pre-holiday campaign to promote a drug-free holiday season. Prizes have been donated by local businesses for students who sign drug-free pledges. Candy-grams will be sent to encourage abstinence from drugs.

Dec. 15, the team and the Drama Department will present the play "It's My Life," a work of Carol Lynn Pearson with music by Lex De Azevedo. The play depicts the struggles of a family torn by a child who abuses drugs. It will be shown twice for the student body and again at 7:30 p.m. for the community. There is no admission charge.

Since the start of the school year, the team has made several presentations in elementary schools, teaching through skits, role-playing and other activities.

Two school campaigns have centered on drug-free living - Red Ribbon Week and the Cancer Society's National Smoke-Out. Students who smoke were encouraged to pledge themselves to a smokeless day and non-smokers were asked to assist a smoker if possible.