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HJHS Students Raise Money for Cystic Fibrosis

Students at Huntsville Junior High School decided to do something a little extra special with their annual penny drop this year.  Aaron Masterson, a fellow classmate who was born with cystic fibrosis, passed away from complications with influenza last February.  Aaron’s classmates decided to do something positive in his memory, so they decided to use the annual penny drop to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Eighth-grade student Emma Grace Kesting said, “Aaron was one of our good friends, and we just wanted to do something to honor him.”  She and other friends say that he was always a joy to be around and he never let cystic fibrosis take his smile away.  The students collected donations from other students, secured local businesses as sponsors, and also received some matching donations from the PTA.  In all, they managed to raise $2,500. “We wanted to try and show our love for him,” said eighth-grade student Stella Stephens.

The school held a ceremony to present the $2,500 check to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, but the event was also a time to celebrate and remember Aaron.  Several of his closest friends spoke to the crowd about their fond memories.  Aaron’s father, Don Masterson, attended the ceremony with other family members and commented, “We just want to say thank you, this is something that has lifted our family up.” 

Aaron’s friends and classmates at Huntsville Junior High might not get to see him in class each day now, but they say that he is still there and efforts like this will help ensure that he is never forgotten.