(MAIZE, Kan.) — The school year ends in a special way for seniors at Maize South High School.
Tuesday, they launched more than 17-hundred balloons into the air over the school's football field.
It was more than just a celebration of the end of the year.
The idea was to honor the memory of Shelley Poynter.
The teacher and coach died earlier this year from breast cancer.
The school also awarded the first Shelley Woodard Poynter memorial scholarship, to Joy Anna Henderson.
Joy said, "It's kind of sad, but happy at the same time because I know Mrs. Poynter would want this to help somebody cause she was all about helping people and caring about people"
Joy told us the whole thing really hits home, because she also lost her mother to breast cancer.Maize South teacher honored