TOPEKA (KSNT) – It was a bittersweet night for students at Seaman High School. It was senior night for the girls and boys basketball teams. Sophomore Alayna Hutchison would have been there, but she died in a car accident Sunday night.
A pink poster replaced the spot of Hutchison on the gym floor Tuesday night as the cheerleading team performed their routine during the halftime show.
“It’s really symbolic for us because it just, it’ll show everybody how much she meant to us,” says Seaman junior Samantha Root.
While the cheerleaders cheered on the basketball teams, the fans cheered for them.
“It’s just nice that we can give the cheerleaders that opportunity and kind of lift their spirits up tonight,” said Ryder Chaffee.
Chaffee, a senior, is just one of dozens who took part in a pink out – wearing Alayna’s favorite color.
“It’s just nice that the whole student body can come together as one and forget about everything to respect one person and respect her tonight,” he said.
Though it’s tough to cheer without her, Alayna’s friends say it’s what she would have wanted.
“She would not want us to be sitting here crying, she would want us to be celebrating, working our hardest and living our life,” Root says.
The cheer team has ordered t-shirts that say “Live Like Alayna” and “Stay Strong.” They plan to offer them for purchase through the school in the next few weeks.
Alayna’s passenger, Jalen Healds, is recovering from serious injuries and is expected to be okay.