Student’s memory lives on through award
John and Wendi Johnston, parents of former McLouth High School student Justin Johnston, spoke to the crowd at the McLouth opening season football game. They were there to help present the school’s first Iron Man Award that is named after their son.
by Dennis Sharkey
It was a little more than two months ago that the community of McLouth was devastated by the death of high school student Justin Johnston and the healing still continues.
Before Friday night’s season opener at home with Oskaloosa the Justin Johnston Iron Man Award was presented to students Alen Kramer and T.J. Crowell. The award is named after Johnston, who was killed by a security guard at a hotel where McLouth students were staying at in Costa Rica.
Justin’s parents, John and Wendi, were both on hand Friday night to thank the community for the support they have received.
Presenting the award was strength and conditioning coach Gary Freeman. He said the award will be presented each year to a male or female student.
Freeman said Johnston was actively involved in the school’s power lifting program and was well liked by the football team. He said the players and coaches wanted to find a way to keep Johnston’s memory alive.
“Coach (Chris) Stewart and him were close and a lot of the football players,” Freeman said. “All of our football players took it pretty hard and we wanted to do something to honor him and keep him with us.”
The winner of the annual football game raffle donated the proceeds to the Justin Johnston Family Fund.
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