Dutchtown celebrates memory of Carline in pre-game ceremony

Kyle Riviere
Members of the Dutchtown cheerleading squad and band released pink balloons in memory of Claire Carline. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

Before Dutchtown's district matchup with East Ascension on Friday night, the school honored the memory of one of their own.

To celebrate what would have been her 16th birthday, they paid tribute to former student and basketball team manager Claire Carline.

Claire was tragically lost last December when the vehicle her and her two older sisters, Camille and Colleen were riding in was struck by a drunk driver on their way to school.

Both Camille and Colleen survived the deadly crash, but not without suffering serious injuries that required several months of rehabilitation. Claire would succumb to her injuries, passing away at the age of 15.

The Prairieville resident was deeply loved at Dutchtown.

A month after her death, the Lady Griffin basketball team celebrated Claire's memory by having an in-game ceremony.

At the beginning of the third quarter during a Dutchtown vs. St. Amant game, the players wore pink shirts that displayed the motto "Geaux Pink for Claire." They also presented roses to both Camille and Colleen.

Dutchtown held their second tribute to Claire at Friday night's football game against East Ascension.

It would have been her 16th birthday two days earlier, on Oct. 21.

The Carline family was invited onto the field, and members of the Griffin band and cheerleading squad went pink for Claire once again. They all held pink balloons.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, they all released the balloons at the same time.