SAINTS MARCH TO NEW BEAT: A 'Crash Test Dummy' with a lot of sense

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario - It wasn't your typical high school musical. Prolific Canadian drummer Mitch Dorge, formerly of the Crash Test Dummies, rocked Saint Lawrence High School students Friday with an honest and intense look at responsible choices.

Instead of using scare tactics, the Juno Award winner and Grammy Award nominee empowered students with his unique, thought-provoking presentation, In Your Face and Interactive.

"Very often when speakers come and talk to students there's this unquestionable authority," said Dorge. "They don't buy it."

Since partnering with The Co-operators in 2007, he's inspired 200,000 students across the country to set goals for themselves and to make choices that will help them get there.

"My approach is that a lot of the things we'll talk about they already know. They have access to the Internet, for many it's right in their pockets," he said. "I don't want to insult their intelligence, so I tell them, here's some things you may have not thought of - keep it in mind."

Grade 11 student Kristian Palmer was only a few years old when the Crash Test Dummies were rocking music charts in the early '90s with hits like 'Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm' and 'Superman's Song.'

But Dorge's message left a heavy impression on the 16-year-old Cornwall resident.

"He showed me that even someone like me can help adults change the world. It was pretty awesome," said Palmer. "He took students out of their shell to prove that we have to chase dreams in order to realize them."

More to come.

Organizations: Saint Lawrence High School

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