The Hamburg High School class of 2018 presented two special gifts to recognize two seniors during their afternoon Homecoming ceremony Friday.
The afternoon homecoming ceremony is an annual event where the homecoming maids are escorted across the field by the senior football players. This year the Hamburg seniors decided they wanted to surprise two fellow students during the afternoon walk.
Two of Hamburg’s seniors have recently faced unexpected life-changing challenges, and their fellow classmates wanted to do something special to show the support of the 2018 class.
Lily McCraw, a 2017 homecoming court maid and senior at Hamburg High school, was presented with a bouquet of orange roses during her homecoming walk. Lily is the daughter of Vincent and Darlene McCraw. K.T. Davidson and Xavious Thompson where escorting Lily when a Hamburg cheerleader presented Lily with a big boquet of orange roses.
A representative of the class of 2018 said that the roses symbolize the support of Lily’s classmates as she continues her fight against Leukemia.
Lily said she didn’t know about the roses, and she was honored to receive the bouquet.
“We all love you Lily,” the representative said over the football field speakers as Lily and her escorts stood on the 50 yard line.
McCraw was diagnosed in the summer of 2017, and her teachers and classmates said she has fought hard. McCraw has been a student in the Hamburg School District since she was in preschool, but she is currently homebound because of her illness.
“I would like to thank all of my classmates for their support as I am fighting this battle,” McCraw said. “I miss my classmates and enjoy the time I do get to spend with them.”
Anderson Wilson, a Hamburg Lion football player, was injured early in the season during a football game in Strong.
Wilson was airlifted from the Strong football field during what was his last football game.
Like Lily, Wilson has been a student in the Hamburg School District since he first started school. Wilson said he loves everyone in his senior class, and the support of his classmates and other HHS students really motivated him to fight harder.
“I kept fighting while in the hospital,” Wilson said. “At one point, I felt like giving up because I thought it was too much for me to handle, but their calls, text, and prayers kept me going and still keep me smiling.”
On Friday, the 2017 Homecoming Court presented Wilson with a football signed by all of the members of the homecoming court. Wilson is the son of Shannon Wilson and Latario Bolden. Wilson, with fellow teammate Shannon Brennon, was escorting homecoming maid, Hillary Cedotal, when he was given the football.
Wilson and McCraw both said that the moment was a surprise, and neither of them knew about the other’s gift.
Wilson said he didn’t expect to be recognized, but it was an honor.
“I was surprised, but very appreciative because it meant a lot and showed how much my teammates and classmates care about me,” Wilson said.
McCraw said she is proud that her classmates chose to honor Wilson because of everything he has been through.
“He has been through a lot,” she said.
Wilson said that even though he didn’t know his class was honoring Lily, he thought it was a special moment for her.
“She’s been through a lot, she deserved them,” Wilson said about giving Lily the bouquet of roses.