More than just a name. Never forgotten

Students and alumni from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, with parents and other Parkland residents demonstrate together in the March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018. Credit: rmackman via Wikimedia Commons

The Florida Department of Education went on Twitter to tell the world more about the 17 students and staff whose lives were cut short at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre on Feb 14, 2018, in Parkland, in Broward County.

In a “Never Forgotten” montage, the Department shared something about each of the students and staffers, from their favorite music or dance move, to a good book and a picture of a cat. The department provided a photo for each of the students and staff.

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We remember Alyssa Alhadeff, who would want us to remember to get outside and play a sport we love.

We remember Martin Duque Anguiano, who would want us to watch a Star Wars film or try Mexican food.

We remember Nicholas Dworet, who would encourage us to go for a swim, or eat Oreos or sushi.

We remember Jaime Guttenberg, who would want us to break out our favorite dance move.

We remember Luke Hoyer, who would want us sink a 3-point basketball shot or eat some chicken

We remember Cara Loughran, who would want us to watch a Disney film or practice a cultural dance.

We remember Gina Montalto, who would encourage us to create an artistic masterpiece.

We remember Joaquin Oliver, who would want us to jam out to our favorite music

We remember Alaina Petty, who would want us to wear purple or share a picture of our nation’s flag.

We remember Meadow Pollack, who would want us to wear pink or encourage us to set a fitness goal.

We remember Helena Ramsay, who would encourage us to read a good book or share a picture of our cat.

We remember Alex Schachter, who would want us to play an instrument or drink a smoothie.

We remember Carmen Schentrup, who would want us to dress fashionable or learn something new.

We remember Peter Wang, who would want us to play a video game or watch anime.


We remember Scott Beigel, who would remind us to challenge ourselves and go for a run.

We remember Coach Aaron Feis, who would challenge us to perform a random act of kindness.

We remember Chris Hixon, who would encourage us to volunteer in our community or snack on some M&Ms.

Diane Rado
Diane Rado has covered state and local government and public schools in six states over some 30 years, focusing on policy and investigative stories as well as legislative and political reporting. She spent most of her career at the St. Petersburg (Tampa Bay) Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and did a fellowship in education reform at the University of Michigan in 1999-2000. She is married to a journalist and has three adult children.