Otte named Teen Ambassador


Karla Ortiz, Academic Writer

Sophomore Caraline Otte was chosen as a SAY WHAT Teen Ambassador for tobacco prevention. After applicants were considered, from all over the state, she was chosen along with 15 other Texas high school students. They had to first submit an essay, recommendation letters, resume, and video application before being asked to take part in a phone interview. Otte is now part of this elite group of students who will organize and direct the summer conference while leading more than 250 participants in July 2020.

“We could not be more proud of her”, said sponsor Suzanne Gallahan. “It’s always a good day to be a Chapel Hill Bulldog and Caraline is doing it The Chapel Hill Way.”

SAY WHAT is the program which was responsible for changing the tobacco State Law going into effect next week. As of Sept. 1, the age limit will change from 18 years old to 21 years old for new tobacco purchases.

“I’m really excited to be chosen for this because I understand how dangerous smoking and vaping is for our generation”, said Otte. “I care about the health of my classmates and I want them to be aware of the harm that tobacco causes.”

Otte will travel to the Austin area on the weekend of Oct. 4 where she will join the other Texas student ambassadors for this year’s orientation.