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GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — More than 150 local high school students will converge on Stockton University for an all-day conference on making choices.

The Atlantic County Coalition for a Safe Community is hosting the iChoose teen summit Thursday.

“Through the year, we saw a lot of negative activity going on in high schools around the country,” said coalition founder and Chairman Perry Mays, referencing events such as the school shootings in Parkland, Florida, and most recently Santa Fe, Texas. “We wanted to make sure that kids make better choices.”

Mays said this is the second year his organization has held a teen summit at Stockton. Last year’s event focused on bullying and cyber-bullying.

Thursday’s event will include a keynote address, as well as a round-robin of breakout sessions focused on mindfulness, healthy living and circle of influence. Mays said the sessions will be interactive and give real-life examples of how bad choices can affect a person’s life.

High schools participating include Mainland Regional, Cedar Creek, Absegami, Oakcrest, Pleasantville, Egg Harbor Township, Buena Regional, CharterTech, Atlantic City, Holy Spirit, Hammonton and the Atlantic County Institute of Technology.

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