This would have been Grace Chamberlain and Andy Hopkins’ five-year Hiram College class reunion.
But the two were tragically killed March 2006, during their freshman year, when a drunken driver with 11 previous DUI convictions struck their car. Their classmates, though, are honoring them as they reunite at Hiram College’s annual Alumni Weekend on June 13-15, 2014.
At 9 a.m. on June 14, Hiram College’s Class of 2009 will hold a special Run for Grace and Andy. This has been an annual event, held each fall for the past seven years, to benefit the College’s Grace Chamberlain and Andy Hopkins scholarship funds. The cost is $10 to participate, and participants will have the option of running a 5K or completing a one-mile walk. Sign-ups will be in the Kennedy Center main lounge prior to the race or online at http://hiram.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=369110&group.
The Class of 2009 will give a special presentation following the run.
The event is part of Hiram College’s Alumni Weekend activities. More than 400 alumni have registered for the weekend’s events, which include reunion dinners, education talks, nature excursions, dances and more.
Chamberlain graduated second in her class at Richmond Heights High School in 2005. She was very confident and happy in her decision to attend Hiram College, pursuing a double major in English and mathematics and a minor in creative writing.
She also loved to dance. She started ballet lessons at age three and soon added tap and jazz dance classes. Dancing and singing on stage were natural to her, and she was in many dance recitals, school plays, musicals and show choir.
Hopkins was a member of Champion Christian Church where he was actively involved in educational, youth, mission, worship and musical ministries. He served as an Acolyte and Youth Diaconate. His peers elected him Phyo Camp Boy Co-President during his senior year of high school.
A 2005 honor graduate of Champion High School, Hopkins was a member of the National Honor Society, Ski Club and Jazz Band. He continued his love of music at Hiram College playing in both the Concert and Jazz bands. Majoring in physics, he was on the Dean’s List with a 3.9 GPA after his first semester.
Chamberlain and Hopkins’ tragic deaths were a catalyst for Senate Bill 17, which passed in 2008. The law requires repeat drunk driving offenders to submit to a breath-alcohol test if they are suspected of driving while drunk. Until this law passed, they could refuse the test when pulled over.
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