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November 18, 2018, is a day the class of 2019 will remember forever. This day not only will stick with our class forever, but it will stick with our community and school as well. This is the day we lost a fellow classmate, a friend, a teammate, a neighbor, a sister, and most importantly a daughter.

Whenever we think of Haley Begley, we all have different things that we think of or that we have come to mind. Haley left a different impact in every life she touched, and she touched every life differently. For me personally, Haley had the care free attitude I could only dream of having; she truly inspired me to try and just not care what others thought. Haley really impacted her coaches and teammates on her sports teams.

If you would ask her cross country coach, Coach Rush, to tell you about Haley, she’d tell you: “Haley came out for cross country her sophomore with a gentle push from friends Kara and Jaela. She enjoyed just being a part of something special, the team. Her first year she came to every practice all the way to the state meet even though she didn’t make the sectional roster. She helped with ice, taking things back to my room, and just wanted to support and hang out with the team. As a coach, I found this inspiring to witness as she did not have to come to three weeks of practices,but did with a smile offering to do anything she could to help. This is the true meaning of a teammate. Haley also kept every bib number from every race that she ran in and wrote the meet, time and mile pace on the back of each number. Her dad had told her once that she should do this and she did after every meet. She was also great to our new runners, as she was once in their shoes. My last words to Haley, you were loved by many,may you run free and as you will be forever young with your beautiful, curly red hair. By being an organ donor, may God bless the people that are given your selfless and listening heart. May whoever gets your eyes travel the world, with the windows rolled down and the music loud, so that you can see and enjoy all the things you wanted to see. You will always have a special place in my heart and on our team. We love you and your spirit will never be forgotten.”

If you asked some of her cross country teammates to tell you some memories they had with her, you get a variety of answers. “During cross country practice when we had weights,Haley and I would always do the workouts together. We’d hold hands and do squats or walk towards each other during the “monster walks” and just act goofy,” said Kara Riley.

Teammate Paige Buettner said, “At our New Prairie Invitational, I was saying her name for the the first mile and a half to make sure she stayed up with me, then there came the hill, called ‘agony hill,’ and I didn’t think I could finish the race much less make it up the hill. She was running by me and just kept saying my name because she knew I was in a lot of pain and needed her support, all I can remember is her saying my name until the finish and I know I would not have made it to the finish line without her. That was Haley, even though she was in pain or hurting, she was selfless and helped others.”

Other teammates brought up memories such as: “At our team overnight for cross country this year, Haley was running late because she came bringing slushy drinks for the girls. Haley loved her slushies,” or “I didn’t know Haley that well, but as teammates we would always say ‘hi’ to each other in the halls as we passed. I would say ‘Hey Begs!’ and she would brighten up and say, ‘Sup dude.’” Haley was never revered to as just ‘Haley,’ but rather it was always ‘Haley Begley’ or Begs.

Now, when her softball team was asked to tell some stories about Haley, they said the following. “One of my greatest sports memories of Haley was how she was always my partner when we played catch in softball. We would always talk about our day and just laugh so much. We always had a great time together no matter what the situation was because she always knew how to make everything better. Everytime I would throw the ball too far, she would run and go get it and come back with a big smile on her face. Sometimes I would get so down on myself but she would always be there to pick me right back up, along with the whole team. Haley never made anyone feel left out. She included everyone in everything and could make anyone smile. She was constantly making the coaches and teammates smile, even when it was freezing cold out and all she had on was her cut off shirt.We thought she would always leave sunflower seeds or twizzlers in our batting gloves or helmets when we weren’t paying attention, then come to find out the coaches did it and everyone blamed it on Haley and she would just smile. She never complained about anything. If the coach asked her to do something, she went right along and did it. I have so many amazing memories with Haley. She was an amazing person inside and out. She impacted so many lives in a positive way. Haley will NEVER be forgotten.”

Haley wasn’t just involved in sports though, Haley was also a member of the FFA. When the FFA advisor was asked to say a few words, Mrs. Smith said some kind words about Haley. Here’s a glimpse of what she said, “Mr. Appleton once told me that when we pass, our tombstones have something in common, a beginning date, an ending date, and a dash.  Haley’s “dash” might have been a little short, but if you look around, Haley has impacted so many of us with her positive spirit. I know her vision for life and her kind heart will continue to make an impact in the years to come.”

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12 Responses to “One Last Go Around”

  1. Lanie Miller on December 12th, 2018 3:57 pm

    I love this story Josie. She was amazing and I loved reading about all of the great things everyone had to say about her because it is all very true. I miss her more than words can even begin to explain. I absolutely loved this story.

  2. Carsyn Gilbert on December 14th, 2018 1:47 pm

    This was a great article

  3. Savannah Bowser on December 14th, 2018 1:47 pm

    Josie this was such a great article! Haley was loved by everyone deeply. She always made everyone smile and laugh. She will never be forgotten. Keep on writing!

  4. Ashlin Collins on December 14th, 2018 1:49 pm

    This is a great article Josie. I enjoyed reading about all the memory’s the people had with her.

  5. Nevaeh Gordon on December 14th, 2018 1:49 pm

    This was great story Josie it really showed how much you and everyone at Cass cared about her.

  6. Katelynn foust on December 14th, 2018 1:50 pm

    this is a really good story thank you for sharing all the amazing storys

  7. Annie Daily on December 16th, 2018 8:39 pm

    This article was soo good. By knowing some memories others have of Haley, it really brings you into the story emotionally and connect with it. It’s not always easy to do that through writing, so good job.

  8. Heavenlee Tucker on December 20th, 2018 10:09 am

    I love this article. It is so sad that we lost such amazing people that day. 🙁 You said everything so true and well!

  9. Levi Dyer on December 21st, 2018 9:10 am

    It is really eye opening to see how impactful Haley was in everyones lives. I don’t think anyone really thinks about the fact that she has a life outside of everything you see. Its nice to hear stories about someone that was cared about to much. Great article.

  10. Kenzie McLeland on January 14th, 2019 2:02 pm

    This is a great article about Haley and how she impacted our community so much just with her smile.

  11. Madilyn Brown on January 15th, 2019 12:03 pm

    This is a great article about Haley. I didn’t know her very well but she always had the biggest smile on her face. She was loved by so many people. She will be missed forever.

  12. Lauran Walker on February 8th, 2019 12:43 pm

    This was a great article about Haley. I didn’t know her but she will be missed by everyone.

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