Families of Mustangs lost in crash hope to honor their memories

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Scott Coyner (l) and Dan Powers join their sons in describing their memorial project.

Manoela Dos Santos – Mustangs Ahead Senior Editor

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- In September 2018 LRHS lost two students to a fatal car-crash. In memory of senior Chase Coyner and sophomore Matthew Powers their families will dedicate a site for a memorial walkway on campus.

Thursday LRHS staff gathered in the northern portion of the courtyard to recognize the plans. The Powers and Coyner families have been working the past few months to create a space on the LRHS campus to honor those students that had passed.

LRHS Principal Dahlquist said, “We came up with a concept of a memorial walkway in KODAK Digital Still Cameratheir honor as a space for students to come together in memorial of their friends.”

Dahlquist said he hopes the project will be finished by the start of the 2019-20 school year.

Agriculture teacher Janyel Taylor contributed a tree that will be planted in the center of the site. There will be a bench around the tree as a space for students to relax and sit in the shade.

Scott Coyner is excited about the project, “We wanted to memorialize the boys and we wanted to do something for the students.”

At the ceremony LRHS yearbook adviser Greg Klein provided framed pictures of the boys and yearbooks for the families.

Spanish teacher Valerie Finnegan is excited to see the project come to life.

“Hopefully it will turn out to be a really nice place to enjoy and remember those who came before them,” she said.

Dan Powers is grateful for the Mustangs’ support,

“I would like to thank the faculty administration and staff for their support,” he said. “It blows my mind to the see the maturity the students and staff have dealt with this situation.”

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