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Lufkin student making a difference in National Teen Influencer Group

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

11th grader Kassidy Brown spent Thursday dressed up for nerd day as a part of Red Ribbon Week.

"It's just fun to know because you get to show all week long that you are drug free because you're dressing up like this and you wear your ribbon," said Kassidy Brown, Miss Southeast Texas 2013.

 Even though she's embraced the fun themes of each day the Lufkin High School student understands the importance of what Red Ribbon Week stands for.

And was recently named to Mothers Against Drunk Driving's National Teen Influencer Group.

"I was selected as one of the nine in the nation," said Brown.

Brown also holds the title of Miss Southeast Texas Outstanding Teen and her platform is prevention of underage drinking. She says she spends a lot of her time speaking at various school and community programs about the dangers and consequences that come with underage drinking.

 She applied for the group earlier this year, now her and nine other girls from across the nation work with MADD to help lead efforts to prevent underage drinking during Red Ribbon Week and year round.

"All year long about how to prevent underage drinking and making sure kids don't drink before the age of 21," said Brown.

Brown says as a part of her platform she encourages her peers to take the pledge to be drug free.

"I have pamphlets I pass out if I go talk to schools and I'm involved with ADAC of East Texas also," said Brown.

Brown says she been to several MADD events and calls the organization inspiring and as a leader she hopes to do her part and leave a lasting impression on the community.

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