Students to create scholarship in Mitch Ouimette’s honor

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@kate_ashworth
Published: 11/14/2017 9:50:12 PM

WESTHAMPTON — Students plan on creating a scholarship to remember Mitch Ouimette, a standout athlete and graduate of Hampshire Regional High School who recently died.

To raise money, the high school is holding a 3-v-3 basketball tournament at 5 p.m. Thursday at the school’s gymnasium. Current students and graduates of both Hampshire Regional and Easthampton high schools have signed up. So far, there are more than 15 teams set to play. Students will be at the door collecting donations.

“Each day at lunch kids have been signing up,” student council co-advisor and history teacher Kelly Carpenter said.

Ouimette, 19, graduated high school in 2016. He was a standout athlete in both basketball and football, and loved to play practical jokes. Ouimette planned to attend Springfield Technical Community College and join the military, but died of an apparent prescription opioid overdose in September.

Assistant Principal Mark Folta said the student council came up with the idea of creating a scholarship in memory of Ouimette. The amount will depend on how much is raised, but students want to continue to offer the scholarship every year, according to Carpenter.

The scholarship would go to a “deserving student” Folta said, possibly someone who has shares Ouimette’s penchant for leadership or humor, or his goals.

“He was super funny,” Carpenter said, adding that he also understood it was important to try hard in school. She said he was an excellent teammate and his leadership showed in the classroom.

“I’m really proud,” Principal Kristen Smidy said about the student initiative.

To donate or for more information, contact Kelly Carpenter at kcarpenter@hr-k12.org.

Caitlin Ashworth can be reached at cashworth@gazettenet.com.


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