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Updated: 11/07/2013 08:00:01AM

Memorial pie toss benefits scholarship

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ARCADIAN PHOTOBY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Ernestine Simon celebrates with Memorial Elementary Principal Dale Wolgast the memory of her daughter, Victoris Blandin, who was once a student there. Students raised over $850 for the scholarship named for Victoris, earning them the right to throw cream pies at some of their teachers.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Memorial Elementary School students gather for the great pie toss. After raising more than $800 for the VIctoris Blandin scholarship, they earned the right to toss pies at their principal and teachers.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Jayden Twohig preparesto surprise Principal Dale Wolgast wilth a pie in the face. Ready, aim ...

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

... fire!

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Daphney Dasodos. a fourth grader, shares a cream pie with

School Superentendant, Dr. Karyn Gary.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

Tracy White takes aim at Assistant Principal Vanessa King.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JOHN BLACK, photeke@gmail.com

A dream come true ... students deliver 25 pies to 25 teachers and staff at Memorial Elementary School.

Submitted by DALE WOLGAST

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This year, one of Memorial Elementary School’s former students, Victoris Blandin, would have turned 21 years old had leukemia not entered her life. When Victoris was in fourth grade, she was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukemia that she fought the rest of her life, losing the battle just weeks before her eighth grade graduation. It was a moment the entire Arcadian community mourned.

Victoris had true charisma. She was a natural leader, had never met a stranger, and had a smile that was shared with ease. When Victoris became so ill in fourth grade that she could no longer attend school, her classmates missed Victoris and worried about her. Her teacher, Mrs. Debbie Hall, had the students write letters, create posters, and had telephone conference calls with Victoris and the entire class. What happened was remarkable: Victoris was the one who made the class feel better. Her strength and courage were evident with each contact.

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