By Kelley DeGraffenreid
SEDGWICK – The City of Sedgwick lost a true champion this past weekend, with the passing of Steven Shepherd.
While teaching and coaching at the Sedgwick School for the past 38 years, Mr. Shepherd never won a PGA Golf Championship (like he undoubtedly had in his dreams), but he was an even more important kind of champion. He was a champion of students. These past few days the stories that have been shared about Mr. Shepherd have been abundant, but the ones that resonate the most are the stories about how he never gave up on a student.
He treated all students fairly and gave them every opportunity for success regardless of their academic status or their background.
He coached generations of Sedgwick student athletes and even convinced many they should be participating in extra-curricular activities when they were hesitant or downright reluctant.
Steve Shepherd graduated from Circle High School in 1971 and Emporia State University in 1976. Shortly after he began his teaching and coaching career in Sedgwick.