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Middle School Honors Fallen Local Airman with Scholarship

A local middle school is honoring the memory of young airman who was among 11 people killed in the crash of a military transport plane last fall by awarding a new scholarship.

There were many tears at today's graduation happy ones for the graduating students, and sad tears as teachers and family remembering Quinn Johnson-Harris, who died in a plane crash last year in Afghanistan.

The school’s principal, who taught Johnson-Harris many years ago, cried as she said she wished Johnson- Harris was still alive.

She said the school wanted to honor him by awarding a scholarship to a student who embodied traits similar to Johnson-Harris. Those traits were: happy, unselfish and always full of  life.

The award went to a young man named Trayvon who is going to Pius XI next year.

Johnson-Harris's sister was at today's ceremony and said she was amazed the school chose to honor her brother this way.

"Just overly excited. It's such an honor. Our family is thankful and grateful that they want to honor this way. We are thankful and grateful they want to honor Quinn. It's amazing, it's amazing," said Fa-Tia Johnson, airman's sister.

The scholarship is for $10,000. 

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