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FHS holds special Game Night in memoriam of student

Student Government students at Farragut High School hosted a fund-raiser in memoriam of a former fellow student who inspired others to get involved.

“If everyone had a heart like [Sarah Infante], the world would be a better place,” Shannon Schell, a FHS SGA member, said.

SGA broke out the board games for a special Game Night, Thursday, April 5, in honor of Infante, who was killed in a motor vehicle accident March 6 in Georgia.

Infante’s family was in the process of moving to Union County, Ga.

She was visiting the local high school to make new friends before her senior year.

“She was the reason many of us got into S-G-A,” Rochelle Lo, also a SGA member, said.

“She encouraged me to join,” Jane Sellers agreed.

“She was what made S-G-A and Game Night what it is; she made it a success,” she said.

Infante not only recruited members for SGA, she also encouraged members to be actively involved.

Allyson Lynch, FHS teacher and SGA sponsor, said Infante organized Game Night at FHS, along with FHS graduate, David Roe.

“She was the one who started this whole thing … she was a big part of it,” she said. “She would do whatever, whenever, without complaining.”

“If no one volunteered for something, she would raise her hand and say ‘I’ll do it,’” Sellers said.

“And she would call me to make sure I was going to be there for club activities,” she added. People were drawn to Infante and SGA because of her great attitude.

“She would light up a room with her smile,” she said. SGA is “not the same” without her, “she’d come up and say ‘hey, I’m glad you’re here.’”

Jocelyn Reddy, a SGA member, said, “She was so sweet and ready for everything. She was always so excited and enthusiastic. She made everything fun.”

“She wouldn’t want us to grieve too much,” Schell said. “She’d just want us to remember her… but it’s hard not to [grieve].”

Luckily, there are “lots of good memories,” she added.

In recognition of her efforts, Infante received the Above and Beyond award last spring. Lynch said she and fellow teacher and sponsor, Lauren Smithey, nominated Infante for the award because she was a great role model.

“She was a real inspiration to the other kids,” she said.

Lynch said the club has decided to give out the Sarah Infante award each year to a member of SGA who demonstrates the qualities that made Infante so special.

Schell added, “Unfortunat-ely, I don’t think we’ll ever have a member like her again.”

Infante will also have her name etched in a memorial garden that is reserved for students who have passed away while attending FHS.

Lynch said, it is “a huge thing having your name put in” the garden.

Infante’s parents, Michael and Barbara, and brother, Mikey, made it to the event. Lynch said they visited for a short time, and her mother was “visibly touched” when she saw the scrapbook the students are putting together in honor of Infante.

Game Night at FHS began last spring as an SGA fund-raiser. It is usually held once per semester and admission is $2. Food and drinks are available at a concession stand.

Games of all types are available for students to play, from board games to Guitar Hero, and adults, such as parents and teachers, are there to facilitate.

Lynch said that most of the money raised has gone to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Anything raised above the cost to have her name added to the garden will be given to a charity in Infante’s name.

Lynch said the club has not yet determined which charity will receive the money, though a few have been discussed.


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