Noah Graddy's family, Savannah, Eden, Sue, Dave and Lydia along with Jayha Kroening and Brittany Olson stand behind the tree and stone that was dedicated in memory of Noah Graddy at the Byron High School on Monday, June 2. Photo by Tara Lindquist
By Tara Lindquist
Memories and tears flowed, Monday afternoon, when friends and family gathered outside of the Byron High School for the dedication of the In Memory of Noah Graddy stone and tree.
Noah went missing in January and was found deceased in Dodge County on March 20. After Noah's death was confirmed, his long time friends Jayha Kroening and Brittany Olson started making In Memory of Noah bracelets to raise money to be able to purchase a stone like the students did when DJ Logan was killed in a car crash in September of 2012. The girls made and sold between 400 and 500 bracelets to be able to purchase the stone. Altogether they raised right around $700. "We had a lot of help making the bracelets so many kids helped us make them," Jayha said. "It wasn't just us, we just started it, but a lot of students helped." The bracelets were sold during lunch and before and after school.
On Monday after school had ended, the stone and tree were dedicated in Noah's memory. Students were greeted by Noah's mom Sue, with hugs and encouraging words, their eyes were tear-filled as they remembered their friend who was no longer among them in the classroom. "We miss him so much," a student said.
Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Byron Review.