The skeletons in MC’s closet

Tiffany Luu | Photographer

Everyone has heard the phrase “skeletons in my closet.” Well this statement couldn’t be more true with MC’s honorary students. And who are these students you might ask? The skeletons found in multiple classrooms across campus.

These aren’t ordinary skeletal models. They are actually the bodies of students who were in the first graduating class at MC, in 1974.

Now don’t worry, these individuals were not murder victims, nor did administration steal their bodies. The students actually left a statement in their last wills and testaments that they wanted their bodies to be donated to their high school, to further the education of future Sundevils.

So now we begin with the skeleton in Lee Raskin’s room. Everyone is familiar with him sitting near the wall, but no one knows his actual story. His name was Ian Welch, and he graduated in 1974. Welch not only loved MC, but was inspired to become a teacher himself after his experience here. However, during the graduation ceremony, when Welch walked up to receive his diploma, he tripped and hit his head on the podium. Welch passed away four hours later from a brain hemorrhage.

But fret not, this tale of woe has a happy ending; now Welch gets to spend everyday learning along with the APEC students, continuing his education and inspiring others.

We now move on to Christine Beadle’s sports medicine room, where we meet Jane Butler. Butler was an aspiring fashion designer when her untimely passing arose. She slipped and fell in the shower while chaotically dancing to Kenny Loggins “Footloose.” Butler now is used to teach a number of students, and her legacy lives on in the form of tribute: her dancing bones now help future dancers and athletes alike to understand anatomy.

In Human Biology you will be introduced to Christian Avery, who is in teach Gail Miller’s classroom. Avery’s story is odd, to say the least. He was a track star, adored by the staff and students at MC. However, in a horrible pole vaulting incident at the track invitational his senior year, Avery was impaled and passed away shortly after. Now, he remains in the science department, letting his bones teach thousands of students about the human body.

These skeletons tell a story. They not only are teaching tools, but they also serve as a memorial to the fallen Sundevils. The MC Sun thought it was high time their stories get told.

Written by Morgan Lanyon

Morgan is a senior at Mt. Carmel High School. She is kept constantly busy with varsity field hockey, Hebrew school, swim team, and being the co-Editor in Chief of the MC Sun. She has a problem with watching too much TV, and eating an excessive amount of snacks. She knows the lyrics to practically every Billy Joel song, and doesn't care who knows. She also knows about most celebrities, and can answer your questions almost as fast as the internet.

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