Students pay tribute to victims of Las Vegas shooting

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Seniors at Alpena High School decorated a hallway at the high school to show their support for the victims in the Las Vegas shooting earlier this week.

ALPENA — Seniors at Alpena High School chose Las Vegas as the homecoming theme a few weeks ago and after the Las Vegas shooting earlier this week, they decorated a hallway in honor of the victims and families.

“It hit us all pretty hard when we heard about what happened in Las Vegas,” senior Eli Alexander said. “We decided that we wanted to do something in memory of those who lost their lives.”

In a hallway at the high school, the names of all the victims of the shooting are on two walls while an “Our Hearts are with Vegas” poster is on another wall. A few of the students took time on Thursday to decorate the hallway.

“We did the memorial of all the victims’ names because we want them to know that we care about them and that we support their families during this hard time,” Alexander said.

Alexander said all the seniors feel bad for the families in Las Vegas.

“We knew that we needed to do more for them,” Alexander said.

Alexander said students and members of the Alpena community have been writing messages for those in Las Vegas.

“We know that everyone there needs some love right now and we know that the messages will help them doing this hard time,” Alexander said.

There is a booth in the high school where people can write messages to send to the families of the victims.

“We’re going to send those messages to the families in about a month once we get lots of them,” Alexander said. “We just want the families to know that there are people out there who care about them and that we support them through this hard time.”

Also, the students and staff of Alpena High School raised $1,629.46 during their penny war competition this week for Guess Elementary, in Beaumont, Texas.

Julie Goldberg can be reached via email at jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5688.