WAVERLY- A student who died after a long battle with illness will be recognized at her high school’s graduation ceremony.
A statement released by Waverly High School‘s senior class says they will observe a moment of silence for 17-year-old McKenna Smith and her family at the start of the commencement ceremony Sunday. A purple floral arrangement on the main stage will also commemorate McKenna who died in July from an incurable degenerative brain disease called juvenile Huntington’s disease. School officials had rejected students’ original idea of leaving a chair empty for McKenna, citing school policies.
After receiving backlash, administrators and seniors found common ground.