MMCRU, Okoboji honor Natalee Henke during Monday night game

MMCRU, Okoboji honor Natalee Henke during Monday night game

Students, fans and community members of two northwest Iowa school districts come together to remember a student who passed away a week ago Monday.

The MMCRU school district and the people of those communities are still feeling the loss of senior cheerleader Natalee Henke, who passed away suddenly last week from a blood clot in her lungs.

Monday night, MMCRU and Okoboji met on the gridiron, but their focus wasn't just on football.

Before the game, Okoboji's cheerleaders presented Natalee's teammates with flowers as the Okoboji students started a collection for a scholarship fund in Natalee's honor.

"It really brings to mind why we all choose to live in Northwest Iowa, just taking in to consideration the outpouring of support that we have gotten from so many schools around the area. I think there were close to 10 or 15 schools that had a blue-out at their volleyball games this past week. I think at the funeral, I counted close to 30 flowers from various teams sent in Natalee's honor. I think its just a constant reminder why we live in this part of the country and how compassionate people are," said MMCRU Athletic Director Lonnie Boekhout.

The Pioneers encouraged their fans to wear Blue and White, MMCRU's team colors.

And the special scholarship fund being set up in Natalee's name has already raised more than $2,200 dollars.

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