Cy Springs begins year with Legacy launch
Last week, Cy Springs held its first ever Legacy dedication after the annual freshman Fish Camp.
Principal Dr. Cheryl Henry spoke to incoming freshman, students and parents after Fish Camp about the statue’s history, and gave thanks to donors and their contributions that enabled the statue to be built.
“People associate Legacy with me,” said Henry. “But there was a student in the class of 2015 who started talking about his legacy to me, then it was class of 2016 that named him. I think because it initially came from a student, it’s something that will always connect students.”
Legacy first touched ground last year to honor the school’s 20-year anniversary. Cy Springs partnered with Schlitzberger & Daughters Monument Co. to make the life-sized panther statue.
“Legacy means the excellence of Cy Springs, and it’ll be there forever,” said coach Michael Cahee. “I’m really proud that Mrs. Cahee’s name will be apart of that legacy, and the rich Cy Springs tradition. For those Cy Springs staff, administrators, and students that come later, it’ll give them a benchmark and something to excel at.”
Donors to the statue can add their name to one of the many squares on the statue, and leave their own legacy behind.
“It’s gonna stand here forever,” said physics teacher Frank Gill. “It allows people, with all the open space, to come and add their legacy. It has plenty of room, it’s not a closed system, and that’s what I love about it. I’ve been here since the school opened, and I wanted to leave my name behind, my mark, and say thanks to the people closest to me. I think it gives people an opportunity to express themselves in the future also.”
Ten other schools in the district have statues in front of their campus, but Legacy will be the first and only statue made of marble.
‘“Legacy adds foundation and surface to the school,” said senior Robinson Rodriques. “Allowing students to grow as a family and not just a system.”