Stu­dents pay trib­ute to teacher’s life

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE -

URANGAN stu­dents fin­ished the Tech­nol­ogy Chal­lenge with top plac­ings – but they were rac­ing for some­thing far more im­por­tant. Their late school teacher Su­san Why­born.

URANGAN State High School stu­dents crossed the Tech­nol­ogy Chal­lenge fin­ish line with a sec­ond and third plac­ing in two cat­e­gories - but the boys in the A1 Team were rac­ing for some­thing far more im­por­tant.

The stu­dents named their bike “Susie”, in hon­our of for­mer school teacher Su­san Why­born, who trag­i­cally passed away ear­lier this month.

And while they didn’t claim gold, they gave a per­for­mance to re­mem­ber Susie.

The black HPV bike crossed the fin­ish line in 23rd place, with the team spend­ing a gru­elling 24 hours on the track.

Team man­ager Brian Har­ring­ton said Su­san would be proud of their ef­forts.

“She worked at the school for years, she’s a very spe­cial per­son and we’re all go­ing to miss her,” Mr Har­ring­ton said.

“I was asked to take over man­age­ment of the team, and we got the stick­ers made and bike painted last week.

Su­san’s hus­band, Alan, was there for the race and said he couldn’t be more proud.

“I’m blown away by the sup­port Brian and the team have shown me,” Mr Why­born said.

“It has been a tough year for me, but to see the bike named in hon­our of my wife was heart­warm­ing.

“She would def­i­nitely be proud.”

Photo: Blake Antrobus

SUSIE'S LAST RIDE: "Al's Team" from Urangan State High School named their HPV bike "Susie" af­ter their beloved teacher passed away. Susie's hus­band Alan Why­born and team man­ager Brian Har­ring­ton as­sisted stu­dents in the chal­lenge.

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