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SWAT Spotlight: Meet Alice Whittington!
March 21, 2022

In 6th grade, with the start of middle school, Alice Whittington decided to join the Ruth Rains Middle School SWAT Club.  Alice and her sister Mary both became very active in SWAT.  Their first year, they both promoted SWAT throughout their school but they also attended the Cross City Fly-In and Business Expo where they talked to other youth and parents about the dangers of tobacco and how the tobacco industry was targeting them in the middle school.  The Middle School SWAT club also set up a display of 88 Barbie Dolls to show how many Floridians died each day by the use of tobacco.

Each year, Alice ran for office and became the president of the Ruth Rains Middle School SWAT Club, and as she transferred to Dixie County High School she continued as a very active SWAT officer.  Alice attended many of the State and Regional 2 SWAT Training through the years becoming a recognized face among the other counties SWAT Clubs. 


Even with Alice taking multiple AP honors and duel enrollment classes, earning over 100 community service hours, cheerleading, weightlifting, soccer, Beta, FCA, HOSA, Drama, Student Government, Student Council, National Honor Society, Rotary and baseball announcing, she has been a very strong voice for SWAT in Dixie County, presenting to the Dixie County Commissioners, the Dixie Legislative Delegation, City of Cross City and the Dixie County School Board on tobacco and vaping policies.

Alice will be graduating from Dixie County High School this year and she plans to attend college in order to become a registered nurse.  Alice, her sister Mary and many of the other Dixie County High School Seniors will be missed next year and their hard work in the SWAT club has created great examples for other youth to become tobacco/vape free and to help their families, friends and  community by being active members of Students Working Against Tobacco.

For more information on the Students Working Against Tobacco in Dixie County, contact Melanier Anderson at