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MDI Students Work to Honor Former Classmate 

Catherine Pegram

Students from Mount Desert Island High School are working to the keep the memory of a former classmate alive. They also hope their efforts will save lives.If the students have their way, a special speed light will sit soon near a memorial on Route 102 in West Tremont.It’s designed to honor 16-year-old Michael Lewis, who was killed in car accident more than a year and a half ago.Sophomore Lance Bishop says, “A lot of roads around here are really, really bad – especially in West Tremont, they’re really winding, really hilly.”The light will flash the speeds of approaching vehicles, reminding drivers to slow down. Two groups are raising money to buy the light – Students Against Destructive Decisions and Interact, a Rotary club organization. Bishop says, “The one we’re looking at has a message board. So if they’re going way too fast, it could flash slow down or something like that. We’re hoping also to maybe have a light that would flash like a strobe light or something to catch people’s eye.”Senior Meaghan Young says, “Speeding is not safe at all and especially like new students who are driving. They don’t know how fast they’re going. They might be on their phone or with technology these days, people just don’t pay attention.”So far the clubs have raised about half of the money needed for the light and Carrie Jamison, the faculty advisor to SADD, says she hopes it will serve as an inspiration, too.”If you have a place where a lot of car accidents occur, maybe other towns will realize they can do this and put up a speed light where its important to them.”And help save other lives, in memory of one lost too soon. “People don’t realize how fast their going,” Bishop says. “Or they don’t realize what can happen in a split second.”The groups need to collect about $1200 in all for the speed light.Next Wednesday, March 9th, they’re putting on a dinner, raffle and bake sale. It’ll be 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at MDI High School.Admission to the dinner and bake sale purchases will be by donation.