Scott High cheerleader killed in fatal crash remembered

Scott High cheerleader killed in fatal crash remembered


6 News Reporter

HUNTSVILLE (WATE) -- A community remembered one of four Scott High School cheerleaders Friday night who was killed in a car crash one year ago.

"It's hard to believe it's been a year already," says Randall Hughett, the father of the cheerleader, Nikki Hughett.

She would have been standing beside her parents as they accepted a bouquet of roses from the school on Senior Night, when senior athletes and their families were honored before the football game.

"We wanted them to know how special Nikki was to our school and how special they are to us," says Scott High School Principal Bill Hall.

"I really miss her, and I wish we could cheer with her again," says Lacey Carver, a Scott High School cheerleader.

The initials JANA have been painted on the football field for Nikki and the three other girls whose lives were also taken last October.

The other girls killed in the crash were Ashley Mason and sisters Jamie and Aleasha Hill. 

"They're always on our minds especially at this time, and the families of all the victims have been on our minds," says Hall.

"In our county, everyone knows everyone. Then you get a call saying four members of our county have died, and you say wait I knew her," says Toni Sexton, another cheerleader.

Nikki's parents have a hard time holding back their tears. They leave the football game before it is over.

"The shirt we're wearing they made for all the seniors, and these flowers, I'll keep these forever," says Carolin Hughett, Nikki's mother.

Next year, Scott High School will honor two of the other girls who died in the fatal car accident.

School officials have also set up the JANA Scholarship Fund that awards $1,000 to a senior cheerleader.

If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund you are asked to contact the school.

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