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Butler JROTC cadets dedicate memorial garden
Friday, June 11, was an emotional day for students, staff and families at Butler High School. Senior Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets worked on a service-learning project all year. They created a memorial garden to pay tribute to any Butler staff members who pass away while working at the school, as well as any Butler student who passes away while enrolled at the school. Right now, nine students and one teacher are memorialized in the garden.

Cadet Battalion Commander, Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Brandy Swann came up with the plan for the garden. "I lost a classmate and found it very difficult to deal with the loss,” Brandy said. “I realized this must be much harder on family members, and I wanted the opportunity to create an environment where family members and friends could come and remember their loved ones."

The cadets raised $2,500 to create the memorial garden. Students, staff and family members of those memorialized in the garden were invited to the dedication.

The teacher memorialized in the garden is Robert "Bob" James Dipple, who passed away in April 2009. Students remembered include Robert Patton, class of 1999; Justin Pullin, class of 2000; Brandon Deese, class of 2000; Norman “Tony” Ziegler, class of 2002; Randolf Ervin, class of 2008; Emily Rose, class of 2009; Brian Garlock, class of 2010; James Briggs, class of 2010, and Kalen Frizzell, class of 2011.

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