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Friends, family remember student with balloon release

Erin Mukes
Students remember Baron Wright who would have been a junior this year.

A mixture of happiness and melancholy filled the air, as the balloons for Baron were slowly released into the sky. Many people showed up to embrace the life of Baron and to express their love and support. 

Baron Wright, a junior that lost his life unexpectedly is remembered as one that always kept a smile that could light up anyone’s day on his face and never failed to have a positive demeanor. 

“He was always just so happy, smiling, and positive. Just remember his infectious smile and enthusiastic attitude,” said Mrs. Angela Escobedo, the dean of students, who helped plan the balloon release. 

Baron had lots of support come out to celebrate his life. This included his football team, his classmates, close friends, family, and individuals who Baron had a meaningful influence or interaction with.

“Seeing all the people here, it shows what kind of teammate he was and classmate and what he meant to the people around him,” Brad Seiss, head football coach, said in a speech before the balloons were released.

As we know the balloon release was planned to reminisce on all of the good memories and times Baron brought upon others. This event was planned by Mr. Josh Belko, junior class sponsor, and Mrs. Escobedo.

“I helped order the balloons, walked the balloons out, got the speaker, talked to the kids about it. I didn’t do a lot but whatever I can do to help, I’ll help and I wanted to be there,” Mrs. Escabedo said.

A lot of students felt the need to express their hurt over the loss of Baron. Assembling  the balloon release allowed them to do just that. 

“Whenever students want to express their mourning and their hurt, I think it’s an absolutely fantastic thing to allow them to do,” said one of the attendees of the balloon release.


Editor’s Note: If you are struggling and need emotional support, you can call or text 988 for help. The Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States and services are free.


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