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New arts and athletics Showcase
In Memory of Patrick Brady
by Elissa Waldmuller, Lifestyles Editor

Wondering what's the deal with the panels of wood in the hall just outside the cafeteria? The group of lockers that was originally installed there has been removed, and plans are in place to build a glass showcase in memorial to Patrick J. Brady, a deceased member of the WGHS Class of 2003. Pat died in a March 8, 2002 auto accident on Hitching Post Lane in Russell.

The new showcase will feature student art and possibly athletic awards, which were Pat's two passions in life. The project is being funded by the Patrick J. Brady Memorial Fund, which is supported by private donations. Principal Mr. Joseph Mueller estimates that the showcase's construction and installation will cost several thousand dollars.

The idea for the showcase was first raised shortly after Pat's death two years ago. The Brady family suggested building a memorial in the school for their son, but at the time there was no practical way to implement the idea.

This year, when school officials decided to remove the group of unused lockers by the cafeteria, the idea of a memorial resurfaced again. Because of lunch-time hallway traffic patterns, the lockers had never been used. The school was looking to build an additional showcase, and the Brady Memorial Fund was happy to fund one. "It works out well for everybody," said Mueller.

The showcase is currently being crafted and will be installed before the end of the school year.

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