August 26, 2015
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Kirby alumni, this is your network, your Kirby home away from home!
Come network with us. You never know which old friends you’re going to see, cool, new people you’re going to meet, or doors that will open before your very eyes.
Feel free to contact us anytime with questions, comments, or requests. If you’re in town, please stop by the school for lunch or a Kirby alumni tour!
Kirby Alumni Network
Connor Cockerham Memorial Scholarship
Connor Cockerham, Kirby class of 2012, lived to make others smile. He loved to dance. He dined on joy, and it was this glowing spirit that drew people to his company. Connor had a special talent for recognizing peers who had trouble fitting in, and he made it his business to let them know why they were loved and that they had a friend who would stand beside them.
In January of 2014, Connor lost his second heroic battle to melanoma. While he was hospitalized, the outpouring of love and support he received from his friends—whether from Kirby, or from other parts of the US and abroad—provided evidence of Connor’s gift: a life spent spreading love and friendship always, no matter where he was. As Kirby alumna Zane Gaguine articulates, “Connor was the person who made an effort to be your best friend before he even knew you.”
On Connor’s hospital room wall was an Emile Zola quote so apropos that it was if someone had known Connor would be there. It read, “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I will answer you; I am here to live out loud.” Yes, Connor, you lived out loud, and you brought people of all ages together through your friendship and loving vitality. You are sorely missed by all who knew you.
The Connor Cockerham Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually in Connor’s memory, has been established as a way to recognize the Kirby junior who has served to bring the class together through friendship and loving vitality.
Paul Richards Memorial Scholarship
Paul Richards, class of 2009, was a tall, blond sports lover and all-around nice guy. He graced the Kirby hallways with a smile on his face and a positive attitude. Paul was a dedicated student and a talented athlete. His many accomplishments include being featured on KION as the Scholar Athlete of the Week. Paul was an inspiration to everyone who knew him and a shining light within the Kirby community.
In April 2010, Paul Richards died tragically in an automobile accident, sending a wave of sadness throughout the Kirby community.
Friend and classmate, Josh Cottrell-Schloemer said of Paul, “For me, what made Paul so incredibly special was his altruism. I have never known someone who gave so freely, and supported those around him unconditionally. He would give help without a second thought and was happy to simply have an opportunity to lend a hand. He was the most dedicated friend you could ask for, sometimes to the point of being a bit silly and ridiculous.”
In 2010, Paul’s Kirby friends and fellow alumni created the Paul Richards Memorial Scholarship, knowing that Paul would have wanted to help students who embody the values he stood for. Each spring this scholarship is presented to a student who shares Paul’s exceptional qualities as a scholar athlete and powerful altruistic spirit.
Paul, we remember you with open hearts, and we thank you for the joy you continue to bring to our lives.