Seymour High School holds concert to fund scholarship in memory

Seymour High School holds concert to fund scholarship in memory of former student

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Cristin Sutphin graduated from Seymour High School in 1999. Later that year, she died in a car crash. Cristin Sutphin graduated from Seymour High School in 1999. Later that year, she died in a car crash.
"She would have performed in front of a brick wall. She loved it, and this program, Jean, just gave her the opportunity to be herself and really excel," said Susan Sutphin. "She would have performed in front of a brick wall. She loved it, and this program, Jean, just gave her the opportunity to be herself and really excel," said Susan Sutphin.
This time each year, performers take the stage in Cristin's name, raising money to help a current student go to college, passing on Cristin's love for music. This time each year, performers take the stage in Cristin's name, raising money to help a current student go to college, passing on Cristin's love for music.

By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

SEYMOUR (WATE) - A community is remembering the life of a teenager killed in a crash nearly 15 years ago.

Each year at Seymour High School the choral program prepares for a big night, the Cristin Sutphin Vocal Music Scholarship Concert.

"It's way to remember someone, to remember Cristin specifically, who you know was supposed to be here," said Choral Director Jean Burkhart.

Cristin Sutphin graduated in 1999. Later that year, she died in a car crash.

"As parents, it's very hard to lose a child, and their life is not over to you," said Cristin's mom Susan Sutphin.

Her parents decided to honor her life through the thing she loved the most.

"She would have performed in front of a brick wall. She loved it, and this program, Jean, just gave her the opportunity to be herself and really excel," said Susan Sutphin.

"She wanted to come back to the high school and teach here, and she wanted to do the choreography for the musicals," said Burkhart.

This time each year, performers take the stage in Cristin's name, raising money to help a current student go to college, passing on Cristin's love for music.

"To help and to honor her and her memory and just to help people to know the kind of person she was, that's very satisfying to me," said Burkhart.

On a plaque next to the names of former scholarship winners, there is a poem Cristin wrote that says "when your life is done your rose garden will live, will thrive, will grow."

"Little did we know at that time that she would indeed have planted a garden and it would grow," said Susan Sutphin.

The concert is 7:00 Friday night at Seymour High School. Admission is $3.00 or the donation of your choice.

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