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Albion school accepts bench in memory of Brennan Moody

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 August 2019 at 1:49 pm

ALBION – The Board of Education accepted a memorial bench from the Class of 2019 in honor of their classmate, Brennan Moody, who was killed in a car accident on June 18.

Photos by Tom Rivers: Brennan Moody performed in many school musicals for Albion.

The Class of 2019 donated $1,367.73 to purchase the bench in memory of Brennan. The bench will be placed outside the chorus and band rooms at the high school. Brennan was heavily involved in the band, chorus and musical programs at the school.

The Board of Education on Monday also presented the class officers with leadership and character awards for helping their classmates and community after the loss of Brennan. Three other classmates were in the accident and one, Sean Weis, also sustained serious injuries.

Kathy Winans, the class advisor, nominated the officers for the award. She said they handled the tragedy “with amazing character, grace and sensitivity.”

The officers attended calling hours, the funeral service and reception for Brennan. They had magnets made and distributed at the funeral service with Brennan’s image performing in the role of John the Baptist from the musical, Godspell. “Brennan Moody – Always in our Hearts,” the magnets read. “Because I knew you I have been changed for good.”

The Class of 2019 officers for Albion were recognized with leadership and character awards on Monday by the Board of Education. Pictured from left include Kirk Allison, class treasurer; Harrison Brown, secretary; Kate Krieger, vice president; and McKenna Boyer, president. Kathy Harling is president of the Board of Education.

The officers had guitar picks made with Brennan’s name to be shared with his classmates for graduation. The officers also struck a balance with graduation, making that a celebration as well.

Margy Brown, a BOE member and Harrison’s mother, also praised Winans for guiding the class and the officers through the tragedy.

“The leadership you have shown these kids they will take through their lives with them,” Brown said.

There will be an “Albion Strong” benefit with a chicken barbecue beginning at 3 p.m. this Sunday at The Gallagher, a barn and event center at 244 North Gravel Rd. in Medina.

The event will support the Moody and Weis families.

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