North Mahaska Student Wins UnityPoint Health Prescription Drug Safety

North Mahaska Student Wins Prescription Drug Safety Student Blog Contest

North Mahaska Student Wins UnityPoint Health Blog Contest, Student pictured with GRMC CEO

Olivia Lobberecht, senior at North Mahaska High School in New Sharon, IA, has been selected as one of three winners for the UnityPoint Health® Prescription Drug Safety Student Blog Contest and was awarded a $1,000 college savings gift card.

This contest was part of UnityPoint Health’s sponsorship of a new education program for high school students about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and abuse, aimed at combating the national opioid epidemic.

Students were asked to write about how the UnityPoint Health Prescription Drug Safety Program had a personal impact on them and if they would change anything in their past using the information they learned. They were also asked to share about someone in their life who has been impacted by prescription drug misuse or abuse and what they learned from the program that could have helped in that situation.

“One major thing that I have learned from the Prescription Drug Safety course is how to support people who have become addicted to prescription drugs,” stated Lobberecht in her contest entry. “People who abuse their medications are obviously going through something tragic and no one should be alone in that process.”

After being presented the award Lobberecht said, “It’s kind of crazy to be selected and receive this award and college savings; I’m excited to go to college next year but am still exploring my options for where and what I want to study.”

Mrs. Amber Goemaat, North Mahaska High School Principal stated, “We’re really proud of Olivia having her essay selected and receiving this college savings gift card from UnityPoint Health. We know Olivia will go on to do great things after graduation.”

UnityPoint Health was the first health system in the nation to join the Prescription Drug Safety Network, a nationwide coalition committed to empowering Americans with skills to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drug use for themselves, their families and their communities. To learn more about the Prescription Drug Safety Program or to enroll your school, visit

                        Olivia Lobberecht and Mrs. Amber Goemaat            David, Olivia and Casandra Lobberecht

Left Photo: Olivia Lobberecht and Mrs. Amber Goemaat.

Right Photo: Olivia Lobberecht pictured with her parents.

Header Photo: Jennifer Havens, CEO of UnityPoint Health – Grinnell, presents award to Olivia Lobberecht.