A Tiger Taken Away Too Soon
A Tiger Taken Away Too Soon
HSD - JoAnne VerMulm
Saturday, October 06, 2018

Karlie Westall was a 2015 graduate from Harrisburg High School. After graduation she went into the United States Air Force and rose to the rank of E5. She was serving in Idaho where her life was tragically taken in a disastrous motor vehicle accident. The Westall Family would like to donate the memorials they received from Karlie’s funeral to two of Karlie’s joys from high school - FFA and the marching band. The money will go towards two scholarships, one for each of those organizations.

While in FFA she loved helping out with Old McDonald’s Farm during the Sioux Empire Fair, and was also the historian for two years in a row and also attended three FFA national conventions.  

In band, Karlie started out playing the flute, but when Mr. Groon asked Karlie to play percussion, she stepped up to help out where needed and would march with five drums. During pep band, she loved playing the cow bell. And on her graduation day from HHS, she played a piece with her flute and picalow.  

Karlie had drive and goals, and was a force in anything she put her mind to.  These scholarships are to be awarded to two seniors who show such qualities in FFA and marching band. Karlie’s family, including her parents, brother, and sister presented the scholarships to Mr. Marks representing the FFA and Mr. Groon, representing the band at a recent football game. We thank the Westall family for their donation in Karlie's memory.