Remembrance planned for former Andrew students
By Mike Nolan email@example.com August 28, 2013 6:14PM
Updated: September 30, 2013 7:45AM
A moment of silence will be observed for two former Andrew High School students before the start of the varsity football team’s season opener against Bremen.
The observance will be for Amanda Puckett, an Andrew graduate who died this past Sunday, and Matt Kocher, who died last month and would have been a sophomore this school year.
The moment of silence will take place prior to the singing of the national anthem, according to Carla Erdey, spokeswoman for High School District 230.
Puckett, 19, of Orland Hills, was a sophomore at Millikin University in Decatur and was found unresponsive Sunday by her roommate in their room at a residence hall. Her cause of death has not been determined, but authorities do not suspect foul play.
Kocher, 15, was pronounced dead July 27 after he was pulled from Lake Michigan near New Buffalo, Mich.
During his freshman year at Andrew, the Tinley Park teen played football, basketball and volleyball. He had been a volunteer with Special Olympics at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, where his father is a guidance counselor.
A member of the 2012 graduating class, Puckett played clarinet at Andrew and was a music performance-instrumental student at Millikin. Her sister, Madalyn, is a sophomore at Andrew and a member of the performance band.
The 99-member Marching Thunderbolts band is dedicating this season to Amanda Puckett, according to Ann Nowocin, publicist for Andrew’s music program.