Student’s death inspires others

From Thomas Crane, Teacher, South Wayne High School, Wayne County, NC

As I continue to reflect on the six virtues of the educated person, I see that the true spirit of education surrounds South Wayne High School. Principal Boldt, custodians like Mr. Williams, and many fine teachers and students demonstrate the six virtues every day.

One experience this year stands out among all others, though.  It was the untimely passing of Kevin Wise, a senior class leader, a UNC baseball scholarship winner, and a young man who was loved and respected by all in our community. Kevin passed in his sleep in early March before our baseball team’s first scrimmage.

It was devastating, but the community, students and players turned his death into an opportunity to honor Kevin by living their own lives as he did — with honor and respect.  I have never seen so many people change in honor of one person.

Generosity was evident:

  1. The UNC baseball coached presented Kevin’s family with a Tarheel baseball jersey with his number and name.
  2. The school created a memorial that will stand in his assigned parking spot.
  3. A Kevin Wise scholarship fund has been started.

It is also humbling to see how our baseball kids carry on in honor of their teammate.  Knowing the way Kevin would have wanted them to finish the season, they are playing for the conference championship this Monday night.


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