On October 4, 2017, previous 2012 Lebanon High School graduate, Bethany ‘Pep’ Moore, tragically passed away. Moore loved the game of tennis, helping others and her beloved cats Tank and Mo.
Moore played varsity girls tennis all four years of her high school career, and she continued her tennis career at Ball State University. Moore went 103-6 throughout her entire tennis career at LHS, advancing to the state finals all 4 years. Moore set the state record for the most wins, and continued to surpass all high school records that had been previously set. Moore made first-team All-State, All-District and All-Conference honors all four years as well.
After graduating from Ball State, Moore continued her academics at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing where she was pursuing her dream of becoming a trauma nurse. Moore is loved by her loving family and friends, and will forever be missed.
In February of 2018, Lebanon High School’s groundskeeper Kevin Kays, Teri Harker, Athletic director Phil Levine and Julie and Jeff Toole took the initiative of getting a memorial set up at Moore’s favorite spot in the world; court #1 at the LHS tennis courts.
“It took three weeks to get a plaque made, and a month for the bench to be created, but with the help of family and friends the memorial was finished in honor of ‘Pep’”, said Levine.
There was no other place more fitting for the memorial to be placed at then court #1; Bethany played #1 singles all four years of her high school career and found her home on that court.
Moore is missed by her family, friends, community and fellow tennis players.
On March 1st, 2018, Senior at Western Boone High School Sydney Foster tragically passed away. Foster played soccer, was a 9 year 4-H member, loved the beach and was planning to attend Marian University where she would follow her dream of becoming a nurse. Foster loved spending time with her family, her best friends, her boyfriend and going to church.
Foster played girls soccer at WBHS and she loved the game. Foster showed animals in 4-H, along with spending countless hours in the summer heat enjoying the time with her friends and family at the Boone County Fair.
Foster made an enormous impact on her community; so enormous, that some students decided to put her loving touch into action.
Western Boone student, Senior Kaile Gideon, initially started the idea of creating a bench in Fosters honor. The memorial bench will be made out of bottle caps; showing a little love in reusing plastic waste is exactly what Foster would have done. Gideon became inspired by Foster’s boyfriend, Western Boone graduate Kyle Hysong. Shortly after Foster’s passing, Hysong posted a photo with the hashtag, “Live like Syd”.
“The plan soon turned into action once I put the word out onto social media. The idea was presented as a 20%-time project to my English teacher, who then agreed to let me move forward with it,” said Gideon.
“If Syd were in my shoes dealing with a classmate’s death, she would be doing the same thing. She was always a loving and caring person. She deserves to be memorialized, and there is no better way than this,” said Gideon.
Once the memorial bench is finished, Foster will forever have a home on her favorite place at Western Boone; the girls’ soccer field. Foster will always be remembered for her endless smiles, contagious laughter and her kind heart.
If you or someone you know are interested in donating bottle caps, please contact Gideon through social media. Teachers at Lebanon High School are also collecting bottle caps.
Although death can be heartbreaking and confusing, the members of the Boone County community are shedding love and kindness onto one another. Both Moore and Foster will forever be missed, and their loving touch will always be remembered.