Each year, seniors at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School deliver a speech to their peers on a topic of their choosing in the Newhall Auditorium. Often equal parts clever and moving, emotional and personal, each speech offers a glimpse into the lives, experiences, struggles, and triumphs of SSM seniors.
Throughout the 2018-19 school year, we will share these speeches with the SSM community and hope that you enjoy the humor, wisdom, and powerful reflections conveyed by our senior students.
On February 6, 2018, heaven gained an angel. A car crash claimed the life of 16-year-old Darian Locklear, who was a passenger in a vehicle with her teammate on their way to hockey practice. The car went off the road and into a median. Once in the median, it hit a tree, rolled over and hit another tree. Neither girl survived.
I was blessed to have had the opportunity to play with Darian on the Little Caesars U14 team my freshmen year in high school. She welcomed me with open arms. She had a smile that could light up a room. She was always nice, happy and had the best sense of humor. Even though it was a short period of time, I will forever be grateful for the time I spent with Darian.
When I first found out of her passing, I was in complete shock. How could this be? She was so young and beautiful how can someone be here on earth one minute and be gone the next? I even questioned God why he would do this.
It has almost been eight months since her passing and I know now why God took her. Something good needed to come out of this tragedy and Darian continues to touch the lives of others even after her passing.
Immediately after her death, a Go Fund Me page was created to honor Darian’s kind and giving spirit and the hockey community came together and raised over $40,000! I am happy to say that our girls hockey program here at Shattuck donated $550 towards it! This hockey scholarship grant is run through USA hockey and will start awarding a grant this year to a girl who lives for the game, resides in Michigan, and is a 14U-19U player, and is a member of one of the five tier 1 associations in Michigan.
This past June, a playground was built for a shelter in lower Michigan called Haven, which is a shelter for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. This playground will be the home to children of domestic and sexual abuse who are staying at the shelter.
Shortly after Darian’s passing, her mom, Regina, was getting messages from students and parents of how Darian impacted their lives. The first message came days after Darian’s passing. It was from a girl who used to live in the same town as Darian, but had moved out of state. This girl told her that Darian was her only friend. A father reached out to Mrs. Locklear and told her that he found a suicide note in his daughter’s room and when he approached his daughter about it she said Darian was the only reason she didn’t follow through. These two stories were the first of many and Mrs. Locklear continued to receive cards and messages from kids she never met about how Darian touched the lives of others by being kind. This inspired the Locklear family to make bracelets that inspired a movement of “Kindness Is Beautiful” so Darian’s legacy lives on by getting middle and high school students to wear the bracelets.
The Locklear family continues to have Darian’s legacy live on by spreading kindness. I encourage all of to spread kindness just like she did. “Kindness Is Beautiful” ~Live Like Darian~