Iowa Park Graduates Remember Classmate

Iowa Park Graduates Remember Classmate

<p>As Iowa Park students celebrated their graduation, they left an open spot for a classmate who never had a chance to see this day. </p>

It was a special day for 77 graduating Seniors from Iowa Park High School Saturday night as they marked the end of their high school career with a celebration at Wichita Falls Memorial Auditorium.

One student however was unable to partake in the turning of the tassles, but students say he was with them in spirits.

Back in 2002 Iowa Park Elementary student Kennedy Kimbro passed away after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was just nine years old at the time of his death and had been very active in relay for life, supporting cancer research.

Saturday, while his classmates celebrated the conclusion of their high school career, they left an empty seat to honor their friend who was taken away too soon and made an impact on their lives.

"When Kennedy was lost to cancer it was a very big deal in the community and he was very loved by the community and they wanted to do something to honor him and his mother in rememberance of him." Said Iowa Park Assistant Principal Gary Green.

Iowa Park students also presented Kimbro's mother with a diploma earlier this week, giving his memory the honor on what would of been his graduation day.

Kimbro's support for Iowa Park's very first relay for life helped them raise more than $25,000.
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