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Triton staff shares thoughts on eighth grader

September 2, 2010

BOURBON — Triton Jr.-Sr. High School has once again been struck by the tragedy of losing a student to a deadly accident.
Thirteen-year-old eighth grade student Wyman Lynn Miller, of Etna Green, died as a result of a farming accident Saturday morning at his home.
Students were allowed to speak about their feelings Monday with junior high counselor Christy Cordell and many shared personal memories of the boy they called a friend. Educators were also given the opportunity to reflect their sentiments and the following is a collection of them from those that knew him best in the school setting.
Rebekah Ousley, junior high math teacher, said, “Wyman was never without a smile on his face. He brought humor and laughter to our classroom every day. He will be deeply missed by his classmates and teachers.”
Larry Wattenbarger, junior high social studies teacher said, “My recollections of Wyman actually started many years ago when I had Wyman’s father Lloyd in my classes as a student. Lloyd loved to play basketball at lunch, to the point where he would eat as fast as he could so he could get to the gym where the junior high boys would begin to choose teams. My goodness, but Lloyd did love to play basketball! And I truly enjoyed watching this stocky Amish boy, dressed in his dark clothing and sparkling white tennis shoes, playing as hard as any of our varsity basketball players would during their season. And ornery, they done’t make them any more so than Lloyd. The students and the teachers all could tell stories of little pranks that Lloyd would pull on all of us. None of his jokes were harmful, and that made Lloyd special to all of us. Thirty plus years later, who arrives in my room, but this little blonde, curly haired Amish boy. Although he was not as stocky as his dad, he had all of the fire and energy that his father exhibited. The same love of basketball and pranks.”
He continued, “As I think of the Miller family in their time of sorrow, I am reminded of how proud a father and mother would be to have a child follow in their footsteps. And Wyman truly carried on the tradition of his father and mother. May Wyman rest in peace, and his parents be proud of the young man that they were guiding toward adulthood.”
English teacher Susan Shaffer added, “Wyman was definitely one of my favorites! He could brighten anyone’s day with his smile and laughter. With Wyman in the class, there was never a dull moment. He also cared deeply for his family and friends ... always there with a supportive comment or helping hand. I am truly going to miss Wyman.”

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