Centennial High student remembered on 16th birthday

Centennial High student remembered on 16th birthday

Caleb Hannink died suddenly last month after collapsing in gym class.
It has been three weeks since a much loved Centennial High School student collapsed and died after gym class.

Wednesday would have been Caleb Hannink's 16th birthday. His classmates organized a special ceremony in remembrance of the teen, they say, made everyone feel special.

They gathered early, before the bell rang to celebrate a special day. Dozens of Centennial High students wanted to make sure Caleb Hannink knew they were thinking about him on his 16th birthday.

"We're gonna let the balloons go and hopefully they'll reach him in Heaven," said junior Madison Garner.

Caleb collapsed in gym class and died on November 15th.

Friends say he had a heart condition and suffered from Asperger Syndrome. But, he had a special way of making people around him feel loved.

"He touched so many people it wasn't even funny. Every day at school you'd see him running through the hallway, talking to everybody, giving everybody a hug, screaming at everybody down the hallway. He was just a great kid," said junior Isaac Espericueta.

Shortly after Caleb's death, students formed the "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" club in his memory. It's named for Caleb's favorite song, which also played during the balloon release.

It was a celebration of a life cut short.

"There's not a day where people don't say I miss Caleb so much. We all miss him and love him," said Garner.

This was the second tribute to Caleb Hannink.

More than 1,000 students attended a vigil at the Park at River Walk last month.
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