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Good news: Classmate remembered; Conner student surprised by veteran brother at school assembly

Sometimes, when things seem so completely out of balance, we need to be reminded that nice people still do nice things for others.

Newport High School special remembrance of Autumn Ward

Classmates, family, friends and teachers of Newport High School student Autumn Ward, 15  – who tragically passed away last week in a fatal car accident in Walton – remembered her Sunday afternoon with a balloon launch scheduled at 3 p.m. on the baseball field at Newport High School.

Autumn Ward

The field is located behind the high school.

The balloon launch was organized by Autumn’s classmate, Newport High School student Jacqueline Lawson.

The Kroger store in neighboring Bellevue donated 50 helium-filled balloons for the launch.

Students wrote messages in remembrance of Autumn; the messages were attached to the balloons.

Sunday was Autumn’s birthday, which is what inspired Jacquelyn to organize the balloon launch.

Jacqueline and her fellow classmates want Autumn’s family to know how much she was loved and how much she will be missed.

Celebrating veterans at Conner High School

A Veterans Day celebration at Conner — and a surprise for student

Veterans Day honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces honorably and Active Duty Personnel. Boone County Schools annually observes Veterans Day and did so again this year throughout the district.

But there was an extra special touch at the celebration at Conner.

A surprise for Chase Tarantino, his brother Daniel.

The keynote speaker at Conner’s Veterans Day program was Charles B. Bailey GySGT/USMC Retired. He is a former graduate of Boone County High School.

As those who have previously served and are currently serving stood to be recognized a special person was saved for last.

Daniel Tarantino was a special surprise for his brother Chase Tarantino who is a student at Conner High.

Chase was in the stands when his active duty service brother walked in. Chase was shocked and came running from the stands to give Daniel a hug. 

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