In the days leading up to April 2nd, 2019, Marlington student Aidan Jewell had gone missing after last being seen at a party within the district. On that fateful day, authorities found him deceased in a pond near the site of that very party. To say that the entire Marlington community was shocked is a complete and utter understatement.
It has now been two weeks since Aidan was found dead, and this untimely and unfortunate circumstance has left the community in a state of shock and bewilderment. Students, teachers, and community members were left speechless and full of questions as to how and why this could have happened to such a valued and prominent student at MHS -- and their thoughts on the matter all fell under the underlying notion that this kind of situation never happens to our community.
The high school group most affected by this news was undeniably Aidan’s best friends at the high school; the ones who valued him more than anyone else could have ever imagined.
I sat down with one of Aidan’s very close friends and fellow Marlington junior Levi Rogers to gain a fuller understanding of the situation at hand.
“We did not think it was real”, Rogers says speaking on behalf of his friend group. “We were in so much shock at the news, we thought it was all a joke at first.”
Rogers went on to describe Aidan as an amazing and funny kid, and that he will “never forget him.”
Rogers and the rest of his friend group have spearheaded multiple different methods of spreading the memory of his passing, such as making memorial t-shirts, bracelets, and other items that have seen their profits donated to the surviving family in support/
Aidan’s legacy as an inviting, kind, and respected student at Marlington will be remembered forever. Based on all of the reactions and support from his friends and the community at large, his lasting memory will live on through their hearts and the hearts of his family for as long as they live.