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Classmate and friend

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Students, teachers help one of their own... one last time

KOSHKONONG -- The recent death of a friend and classmate brought a local school closer than can be imagined.

The junior and senior classes at Koshkonong High School have joined together and raised funds to pay for a headstone and for the funeral of a classmate.

Clint Cochran, 17, was a member of the Koshkonong junior class and was killed in an automobile accident Nov. 15 at Koshkonong.

"This is something the classes wanted to do and they did not want any recognition for it," said Koshkonong High School Principal Jeanie White.

The headstone cost $400. The junior class raised $585 and the money left over from the headstone started a scholarship fund in Cochran's name.

The senior class also raised money to help pay funeral expenses and placed the remaining money in the scholarship fund.

White said most of the money raised was from bake sales and other fundraising activities.

There are 44 students in the junior class and 45 students in the senior class.

The faculty and staff at the school paid for the burial plot for Cochran.

Cochran's older sister is a graduate of Koshkonong High School and a younger sister is a member of Koshkonong's sophomore class. The sophomore class purchased three lockets with Cochran's picture and a personal message inside and presented them to his mother and two sisters.

The Koshkonong FFA has donated a winter's worth of firewood to the Cochran family. Students at the school bought, prepared and presented the family with a complete Thanksgiving meal.

The junior class served as honorary pallbearers at the funeral.

"It was overwhelming. I wrote a letter that I put in a quarterly report that is sent home to parents trying to express my thoughts regarding what these students have done," White said.

"I see these students all the time. It's so good to see them pour their hearts out like this. It's a good feeling. A really good feeling here at Christmas time," she said.

Anyone that would like to donate to the Clint Cochran Scholarship fund may do so by contacting the school at 417-867-5601.

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