Students pay tribute to teacher’s life
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.”
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.