PUBLISHED: 4:25 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Local teen awarded legislative citation
Monique Barteaux, a 17-year-old Juneau girl, was honored with an official citation from the Alaska Legislature. Barteaux was recognized for her volunteer work with Youth In Action, a group for teens dedicated to preventing underage drinking and drunk driving, and for winning the Mothers Against Drunk Driving National Youth Activist of the Year Award last October.

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R-Juneau) is the sponsor of the citation that recognizes Barteaux for her outstanding volunteer efforts. Legislators are allotted only two citations per year. Barteaux's citation specifically recognizes some of her efforts to prevent youth from drinking like speaking to elementary students and writing and starring in radio and television public service announcements. She is also recognized for testifying and lobbying for House Bill 213, a piece of successful legislation from last session that established a Graduated Driver's License program in the state of Alaska. In addition to testifying, her efforts included "driving" laps around the capital in a plywood car with other YIA members.

Barteaux was presented the citation in Representative Weyhrauch's office, and then later she was introduced in both the House and Senate chambers.

"Monique is a great inspiration," said YIA coordinator Jessica Paris.

"She is a gentle but persistent advocate who really wins people over. Just this spring I was at the legislature with her, visiting senators' offices. Four out of ten senators granted her a meeting right on the spot, simply because she asked."