Christopher McCray receives scholarship in honor of Anthony Naiboa
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A small celebration takes shape in room 136 as one family prepares to honor senior Christopher McCray in memory of their own son, Anthony Naiboa. As the ceremony begins, the Star-Spangled Banner is sung by Christopher Roldan, another student. Onnce everyone has been seated, Casimar Naiboa makes his way to the front.
Naiboa was one of four victims killed last year in a series of deaths in Seminole Heights. In his memory, the family created the Anthony Naiboa Autism Foundation in order to help high school students who, like Naiboa, have autism.
Naiboa’s family presented McCray with a brand-new laptop in order to help him on his path to receiving a high school diploma. Both Naiboa and McCray’s families were present to witness the ceremony, along with McCray’s fellow students and a handful of his teachers and administrators.
McCray shares more than just his disability with Naiboa. The two also have in common their love of music, their perseverance, and their school, as Naiboa graduated from Hillsborough as well. “Anthony Naiboa was another young man who never gave up despite having a special condition and despite having obstacles in life. He never gave up on achieving his dream of getting a high school diploma” Naiboa’s father said in a speech before presenting the laptop to McCray.
McCray said amid a sea of congratulations that, although he doesn’t know yet what he’ll use the laptop for, he’s excited.