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Covington students grant Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii

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Pictured dancing with senior Payton Naifeh, 15-year-old Boston, center, was granted a Make-A-Wish trip to Hawaii Monday. Photo by France Gasquet

The students, dressed in leis and Hawaiian shirts, waited patiently in the high school gymnasium. 

The gym was decorated for the special event, decked out with red ribbons, hanging paper lanterns and a staged beach scene, which included lounge chairs and sand. 

As the students softly whispered amongst themselves, Covington High School Principal Marcus Heaston excitedly gave last-minute directions. 

Boston would be there soon. 

On Tuesday, the school, in conjunction with Make-A-Wish, gave Boston a memory of a lifetime. 

“If you haven’t been affected by cancer yet, you will be,” Heaston said to his students. “Someday someone you love will have it. This is our moment to be there for Boston.” 

Boston, a 15-year-old boy from Memphis, arrived, flanked by his parents and two sisters. He thought he was there to see an end of school choir performance.

Instead, the boy was gifted with a trip to Hawaii and a celebration created solely for him. 

The choir performed several beach songs while members of the student council brought the family onto the floor to dance. Songs included the “Limbo,” “Surfing USA” and “Summertime.”

The program ended with Marcus Heaston reiterating that the event was entirely for Boston followed by a moving performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

This is the fourth year the school has given a child a wish. The students have fundraisers throughout the year to sponsor a child. 

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