Riders Bike to Raise Money and Honor Student's Life in Waynesboro

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

WAYNESBORO, Va. -- Every year, riders get together to remember Michael Woodard's life.

Their 100 mile journey will help a cadet with his future academic plans. This year's goal is to raise a minimum of $5,000 dollars.

All of the money they collect goes to the Fishburne student assistance fund, as part of the Michael Woodard Memorial fund.

"Mike loved Fishburne and we loved what Fishburne meant to him and what it did for him and we're doing something positive as a result of his participation here and how much we miss him," said Woodard.

"Places like Fishburne help wonderful young men they help them learn discipline, they help them to focus, and they help them to concentrate on their future."

Superintendent and President Gary Morrison said that this scholarship is one of a number offered in rememberance of alumni.

"Anybody that's ever gone to Fishburne, anybody who ever will attend Fishburne becomes a membership of this brotherhood. And everybody sticks together, everybody supports each other," said Morrison.

Morrison said it's a memorial fund that started small and will keep growing.

"It was just me and then myself and my son and then more people were added. Now we're up to about 8 and so by the time I'm 80 we'll probably have 100 people here and be riding," said Woodard.

The first finisher biked the 100 miles in six hours and 22 minutes. Woodard said the scholarship has helped five students with tuition so far, thanks to the fund.

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