FARMINGTON — Two cheerleaders at Mt. Blue High School were awarded the Jamie Beth Shible Memorial Scholarship Award on Friday by Jamie’s parents, Stephen and Julie Shible of Farmington.

Nicole Osborne and Danika Morin each received a $500 scholarship and a bouquet of sunflowers, Jamie’s favorite flower, Steve Shible said.

On Memorial Day, May 26, 1997, Jamie Beth Shible died of bacterial meningitis made severe because of an immune system-weakening medication she was taking to combat lupus. It was the Monday after her junior/senior prom.

This year is a little tougher, Shible told the cheerleaders, their parents and school officials Friday.  

“She was with us for 17 years and now we’ve been without her for 17 years,” he said.

But her spirit lives on.

The couple started the scholarship award “honoring the memory and contributions to school spirit of Jamie Beth Shible … each year, a scholarship will be awarded to a deserving senior cheerleader who consistently displays the characteristics of leadership, energy and enthusiasm during routines and cheers for Mt. Blue High School athletic teams,” Shible read from a plaque displaying the names of the previous 29 scholarship recipients and Jamie Beth’s photo.

The plaque will be hung at the new Mt. Blue High School campus.

Mt. Blue cheerleaders and those from other high schools still know about her, Shible said.  Many have seen a video created by Shible for his wife.

“All throughout my high school career, Jamie has been an inspiration, a role model and so much more. Knowing about her and what she went through has made me want to be a better person for myself and my peers,” Osborne wrote in her application for the scholarship.

Osborne participated in football cheering and competition cheering all four years of high school. She also played on the varsity softball team for three years and was a recreation softball coach for four years. She did all this while attaining highest honors for her schoolwork.

Osborne plans to attend the University of Maine in the fall to pursue studies in elementary education.

Morin also participated in competitive and football cheerleading during her four years at Mt. Blue. She went with other Mt. Blue cheerleaders to Cheer Hawaii in 2013.

She was a member of the International Club, Future Business Leaders of America and was on the Leadership Team at Mt. Blue.

Morin plans to attend Thomas College in the fall to study forensic accounting.

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