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Memorial for 2008 Graduate Held
Houston County Courier - January 2009
|By Sharron Randall
The Crockett High School class of 2008 held a memorial on Friday, Jan. 9 in the Bulldog Gym for Jonathan Vickers, a classmate who died in a wreck on Friday, June 20, only three weeks after he graduated from high school and 10 days after his 18th birthday.
The "Dickie Boys," a group of seniors in 2008 presented a United States flag which flew over the capitol in Washington, D.C. and a Texas flag which flew over the capitol in Austin on the day of Vickers' high school graduation
U.S. Representative Joe Barton and State Representative Chuck Hopson donated the flags, which were held up by a new group of "Dickie Boys" during the commemoration.
A dedication ceremony preceded the varsity game. Friends of Vickers, Travis Kenley, Case Craycraft, Jay Maxwell, Bill Kennedy, Ryan Robinson and David Arvizu presented the honoree's mother a flower in a color representing the college each attends.
To show their affection for a classmate, Jonathan's "Dickie Boy" uniform was encased in a shadow box made by Craycraft, which was also donated to CHS during the night's events and will be displayed at a location in the high school.
Dressed in slogan-bedecked Dickie coveralls or "wrecking crew" garb, the participating 2008 seniors were exuberant in their support of the Bulldog hoopsters, often standing on the sidelines on the centerline.
In lieu of a cheerleader performing backflips, those who attended the varsity basketball games last season will remember Vickers' spirited tumbles down the center of the court during halftime.
According to one of the young men's mother, the squad of seniors was well liked by the referees/officials who allowed their high jinks and sportsmanship behavior.
Participating in the sometimes amusing diversions were other Bulldog fans, also members of the graduating class of 2008, but they dressed in the black and white striped shirts of a referee.
Plans are to establish a scholarship in Vickers' name for future Crockett High School graduating seniors.
Jack and Kristi Vickers of Crockett attended the ceremony honoring their son.