CVU students support Harwood Union in wake of tragedy

Champlain Valley Union High School students are reaching out to their counterparts at Harwood Union High School in the wake of a crash that killed five teenagers.

Elora Buscher, a student representative to the school board, told school commissioners during the Oct. 18 school board meeting that CVU students donned black and gold ribbons, Harwood Union High School’s colors, as a show of support on Oct. 14.

“There’s been a lot of support in the school for Harwood because of the recent tragedy,” said Buscher, a senior. “It’s really moving to see.”

Members of CVU’s field hockey team wore yellow ribbons around their wrists, and members of the boys and girls cross country teams also donned ribbons in support. During an out-of-town meet, members of the girls cross country team wore black and gold ribbons in their hair, while the boys pinned black and gold ribbons to their jerseys.

Four Harwood High School students and one Harwood community teenager were killed Oct. 8 when a driver, traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 89 in Williston, slammed into the teens’ car.

Steven Bourgoin of Williston is charged with five counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of the five teens.