Memorial, scholarship, to memorialize slain Verdigris teen

VIDEO: Slain Verdigris girl remembered

VERDIGRIS, Okla. — Quick facts:

  • Verdigris is remembering Noelle New.
  • New died when she was hit by a truck last June.
  • New's mother is setting up a scholarship in her name.
  • Her high school has created a memorial.

A local community is remembering a girl killed last June when she was hit by a truck near Verdigris.

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Noelle New’s mother, Brandy Whitmire, has started a scholarship fund in her daughter’s name.

New was supposed to go to OU last fall and had just graduated Verdigris HS, when she died after she was hit by a truck and killed.

She had wanted to go to OU since she was six.

The scholarship is for kids in the Verdigris High School.

The deadline to apply is April 22nd. They will award two students at graduation.

Those who want to apply have to write an essay. They can find information on noellenicolenew.org

The administration at the school had a memorial area built in front of the school.

Last year, students planted a tree in her memory, so next to it there’s a big red bench with designs representing Noelle nearby -- like a football for OU and a feather because she’s Cherokee.

It was dedicated Monday.

Whitmire said the fact that New hasn’t left people’s minds helps her cope. She said Noelle wasn’t perfect, but she was giving and would be proud with what they’re doing with the scholarship to honor her.