Teens who organized service are honored
Three Washington County Technical High School students who helped organize a memorial service for teenagers killed in a fire in December were honored by the Board of Education Tuesday night.
The day after a Keedysville house fire killed Michael Abell, Jonathan Barnes and Brian Daigle, Samuel Rock and Ishmael Noriega drove to Boonsboro High School to pay their respects. Barnes and Abell, both 17, were seniors at the school, while Daigle, 18, was a graduate.
Samuel did not the know the teenagers, but after he spoke to fellow Technical High School student Amanda Lee, who knew Barnes, he, Ishmael and Amanda began planning a candlelight memorial.
Hundreds of people attended the memorial at the home of Carole Barrett, Barnes' mother.
Ishmael has moved to Boston, board member Roxanne R. Ober said. Ober passed out Golden Apple awards to Amanda and Leanne Rock, who attended the meeting on behalf of her brother.