It's been just over a week since the tragic death of high school junior, Sydney Rush. Her school celebrated its homecoming Monday night, while keeping her memory alive
Clay Battelle's colors may be blue and gray, but Monday night's homecoming game saw a wave of hot pink in memory of Rush. Pink ribbons and banners decorated the stadium. Even the players sported pink socks. Fans at the game seemed a little subdued but tried to keep their spirits up for the girl who was a bright spot in their community.
"She's not only a phenomenal athlete, she's a phenomenal person; good hearted, kind, never met a stranger," said one of Rush's cheerleading coaches, Nikki Mattingly. "I think that's coming through this week as to how many lives she's affected."
Clay Battelle held a moment of silence before the game, the marching band played a tribute, and the opposing team released balloons for Rush, showing just how many have been touched by her loss, but the most affected are those who knew her well.
"The concerns of the girls [cheerleaders] was filling her spot on the sideline while they were cheering, and so we came up with the idea to paint a wooden heart with her name on it and they will place it on the sidelines because her spot can never be replaced," said Mattingly.
With Rush's loss not only comes sorrow, but also a tough life lesson.
"The past seven days they've had to grow up tremendously," said Mattingly. "They've had their weak moments but they've also had their strong moments, and they've shown what a great family they are.
Oct 09, 2013 at 3:27 PMMonday night was not Clay-Battelle's homecoming game. Our homecoming game will be on November 1st against Notre Dame.