Monday, February 23, 2015

Celebrating a Life Well Lived

Without a doubt, the toughest day that we have had around Vantage this year was on Monday, September 22nd. That is the day that we heard Jacob Guy from our Network Systems program was killed in an auto accident on the way to school. Jacob was a junior from Ottoville and truly loved the Network Systems program that he had recently enrolled in. Talking with his mother at the funeral, she said he was so excited about the program and looked forward to going in to school everyday. Jacob made a big impact not only on the students in his class but also the staff members that had a chance to know him.

One of the things I tried to pass on to the students at that time, was to do their best to honor the memory of Jacob and to live their lives like Jacob lived his. According to Jacob's parents, Jacob was one of the most loving, kindhearted, loyal, hard working and wonderful sons that a parent could ask for. He had a beautiful smile, and always greeted everyone he saw with it. His mom wrote in his obituary that "Everyone who knew Jacob knew there was something special about him, and that was because of his faith and love for our Lord Jesus. It shown through Jacob in so many ways, his love and concern for others, his optimism towards life, he was always happy, and that can not be said for everyone, but it was truly the case for Jacob."

Jacob truly enjoyed life and was involved in the Ottoville High School marching band. He also ran track for two years and was part of the stage crew for the high school play, Peter Panic. Jacob loved the video production of the class and making short clips. He also loved getting together with his dad and friends to play air soft. When it came to video games, he enjoyed playing online with his brother and his best friend Andrew. You can see that Jacob took life for all it's worth and didn't waste a day of it.

On Saturday, March 28, 2015, there will be a celebration of Jacob's life. There will be a 5K run/walk and 1/4 mile fun run/walk. There will be a 50/50 drawing, silent auction, bake sale, lunch and a laptop raffle. All proceeds go to benefit the Jacob Guy Family & Community Projects. If you need a registration form for the run/walk events, please see Mrs. Hatcher in student services. The registration needs to be turned in by March 15, 2015. They are also looking for donations for baked goods and the silent auction.

Nowadays when we idolize so many celebrities, it feels good to honor and celebrate a life that was lived for all the right reasons and one that was cut way too short. Please join us on the 28th of March. I hear we already have a lot of Vantage students signed up.

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