Area Teens Will Lead Fight Against Tobacco

No Limits, Nebraska’s youth-led tobacco prevention movement, has appointed a local Nebraska teen to its youth leadership board for 2012-2013. This year’s appointments include 10 new members and one returning member. As the leadership body for No Limits, No Limits youth board members set goals and plan statewide anti-tobacco activism events, including the Kick Butts Day rally and the No Limits fall summit.

The board’s initiatives set the course for local groups that organize activism projects in their own schools and communities.

A Geneva area teen, Ashley Maciel, joins the No Limits youth board for 2012-2013. Ashley is a senior at Fillmore Central High School in Geneva and has seen how tobacco use has negatively impacted her close friends. In addition to No Limits, she is very active in extracurricular activities, and she loves to bake and blog. After high school, Maciel plans to attend the University of Wyoming to study food science and pre-medicine. She is the daughter of Mercedes and Rigo Maciel.

Brooklyn Swantek returns to the No Limits board for her fourth year. A senior at McCool Junction High School, Swantek has enjoyed enhancing her leadership skills while standing up for something she is passionate about. In addition to the No Limits youth board, she is active in sports and other school and community activities. After high school, Swantek hopes to study medicine and become a doctor. Her parents are Tammy and Pat Swantek.

“This year’s No Limits board members bring their own unique life experiences, skills and leadership abilities to the group, but they all share in a passion for putting a stop to tobacco use among Nebraska youth,” said Amanda Mortensen, No Limits project coordinator. “Tobacco companies are always coming up with new ways to sell their products to youth. But No Limits, led by its youth board, is here to take a stand to prevent another generation from falling into the addiction trap.”

To learn more about No Limits or join the anti-tobacco movement, go to or contact Mortensen at 866-FYI-TEEN (866-394-8336).

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