As students filed out of school Monday afternoon, a group of teachers and students gathered next to the greenhouses near the parking lot, around a potted tree and a hole. The tree was to honor late Agriculture teacher Donna Moeller.
At 2:30 PM the officers of the FFA (Future Farmers of America), walked into the center of the circle of people, and began to address the crowd.
“We were the closest to Miss Moeller,” said officer Brian Hale, who was one of three officers to speak before the tree was planted. Once the tree had been placed, the somber crowds attention was turned to buckets of flowers sitting adjacent to the circle. In the conclusion of the ceremony, everyone in attendance was invited to place a flower on the newly settled dirt around the tree. Coach Richardson Baldwin of girls track had his entire team place a flower, and in under five minutes a mound of flowers, and memories, were laid around the tree.
“Miss Moeller was a great person,” said Hale, “She was a very down to earth person with a great attitude. She always put others before her and cared about all of us. Although her leaving causes pain and grief, we will remember the joy, the laughter and the smiles she has brought us all. She is in a better place now and she will be missed, God bless.”
Zealand Shannon / Sports Editor