Chris Collins
The Baker City Herald

Last week was a tribute to how Baker County residents strive to make something positive from tragedies.

Both examples happened at Baker High School.

On Wednesday, April 30, BHS students and others brought their cars to the school for the annual Brian Sorensen Car Rally.

The event honors Sorensen, a 2000 BHS graduate who died from Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, on June 30, 2000.

The car rally that bears Brian's name raises money for the Ronald McDonald House in Boise, where Brian's family stayed while he was undergoing treatment.

The next two days, May 1-2, the BHS Leadership Class sold jet teas for the annual Mayce Day fundraiser.

This celebrates Mayce Collard, a BHS student who died, at age 16, in a car accident in February 2007.

Proceeds from jet tea sales go to the J. Mayce Memorial Scholarship Fund, awarded annually to a student who exemplifies Mayce's spirited and generous personality.

The deaths of Brian and Mayce were of course traumatic events for Baker High School.

Yet even as their families and friends and classmates grieved, some had decided that Brian and Mayce should each have a legacy that lasts much longer than their too-short lives.

And with the Brian Sorensen Car Rally and the J. Mayce Memorial Scholarship, they have succeeded.