2004-12-03 / Education

Killian Elementary honors one of its own

By Tammie Maddock

Shaniquia Johnson
Shaniquia Johnson

In August, Shaniquia Johnson had just turned 12 and begun 6th grade at Summit Parkway Middle School. Two weeks later, this brave little girl ended her middle school career and prepared for her final journey.

At the end of her fourth grade year at Killian Elementary, this energetic member of the Killian Step Team was diagnosed with brain cancer. After the diagnosis, life went on for Shaniquia and her family, but it would never be the same.

Shaniquia’s courage and good disposition were an inspiration to those around her. Her ability to carry on and inspire others made her the recipient of the 2003–2004 Killian Elementary Hero Award, an honor created as part of an International Day of Peace Program after the 9/11 tragedy. The award was established to honor someone who has shown great courage.

Charles Samuel plants a tree to honor his
 sister Shaniquia Johnson
Charles Samuel plants a tree to honor his sister Shaniquia Johnson According to faculty and staff at Killian, the gift of Shaniquia’s presence taught their students empathy and unconditional love.

Shaniquia Ariel Johnson passed away on October 9, 2004 at 6:42 pm. She left behind two brothers, Charles Samuel, a fifth grader, and Antonio Crosby, a kindergartener, her mother, Julicca Johnson, and grandmother, Johnnie Johnson.

She will always be loved, missed, and remembered by those whose lives she touched.

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