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Flying high without drugs

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Matthew Schwartz flies over top of Frazee Elementary School health teacher Julie Judd Thursday afternoon during the Ramp Up Stunt Show.
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MatthewSchwartzperforms tricky-tricks during a BMX stunt show Thursday.
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School studentsscream for more stunts during the Ramp Up Stunt Show Thursday afternoon.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

Julie Judd sat in a chair. Matthew Schwartz jumped over her on a BMX bike. Kids screamed.

Fellow teachers Kim Nibarger, Olivia Miller and Stacy Jergensen laid side by side on the ground. Schwartz aimed his BMX bike at them, pedaled hard and fast, and at the last minute, soared over them.

Their students yelled, hooted and hollered, wanting more.

Fayette County public school students in grades 4-6 came to the “Ramp Up Stunt Show” at Roberts Park Amphitheater Thursday afternoon as part of Red Ribbon Week. It is an annual awareness campaign aimed at preventing alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse and violence.

Zach Newman, owner of Ramp Up, talked to students about making right choices in life, such as not drinking alcohol, smoking or doing drugs. He also spoke about bike safety.

The professional athletes gained the audience’s attention with impressive high-flying tricks and stunts.

“We try to push the boundary of our shows by offering a variety of different topics to talk about during assemblies,” Newman said. “These topics include anti-bullying, anti-drug, anti-alcohol, as well as positive life decisions and setting goals.”