Olentangy Liberty students pay tribute to classmates

POWELL, OH (WCMH) — Students at Olentangy Liberty High School had a tribute for two students who were killed in a car crash in July.

Gavin Schlotterbeck and Hunter McClelland would have been seniors this school year.

On Friday night, their friends and classmates held a bubble memorial, at the school’s football game.  Trina Pittroff’s son play on Schlotterbeck’s ice hockey team.

“It’s wonderful to see that so many people are going to be coming out to help support these families and create a scholarship that will all their names to go on,” Pittroff said.

The cheerleading squad took donations, in exchange for bottles of bubbles, which they asked the crowd to simultaneously blow in the air before kickoff.

“Everybody, even people that didn’t know them, wants to honor them and I think it’s really special,” said Allissa Thornton, who helped organize the memorial.

Emily Beem said she will miss McClelland’s honesty. She said in life, everyone needed a friend like McClelland.

“I’ll just miss her honesty. To me, she will tell me anything. If I ask her, even what am I going to wear tomorrow. She would say all of those are bad choices,” said Beem.

According to organizers, they raised more than $4000 toward a permanent memorial for Schlotterbeck and McClelland  It’s to be placed on school grounds.

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