Richmond Hill explosion victims' legacy carried on through scholarship

GREENWOOD, Ind. - The legacy of two of the victims of the Richmond Hill explosion lives on every time a senior graduates from Greenwood High School.

The Southwest Elementary Jennifer and Dion Longworth Memorial Award scholarship is making a difference this year for senior Sam Hicks.

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Hicks received the $1,000 scholarship Tuesday from the families of the Longworths.

Hicks will attend Purdue University to study aerospace engineering.

"I can remember visiting the Air and Space Museum in eighth grade on our D.C. trip to the Smithsonian. I think it’s interesting how they move through the air and how it’s been a big part of our lives in the 100 years since aviation has been in existence," Hicks said.

The captain of the swim team with outstanding extracurricular and academic records managed to earn the special scholarship.

Jennifer Longworth taught second grade at Southwest Elementary School. She and her husband were killed in the Richmond Hill explosion.

A scholarship was set up in the couple's name to carry on their legacy for their love of education and children.

"She worked her tail off, she was here all the time, and we couldn’t think of a better way to honor her than to honor a graduating senior who’s gonna continue their education. It is a very important scholarship," Southwest Elementary Principal Beth Guilfoy said.

Hicks attended Southwest Elementary School, and while Longworth was not his teacher, he understands the significance of the honorary $1,000 award.

"I thought it was nice that her family put this up so she is remembered for a long time to come. I'm excited that it is involved in my education now too," Hicks said.

Greenwood High School’s senior class will graduate Friday.

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