By Theresa Woelk
HERMISTON Sandstone Middle School (SMS) drama students saw the accident just down the road from the school on their way to their performance of "It's a Wonderful Life" Thursday night, but they did not know one of their own was trapped inside the car.
Drama director Lorri Lane told her students about the accident that badly burned eighth-grader Summer Edgerly before the curtain went up Thursday night. The students were upset but agreed to go on with the show in support of Edgerly.
"It was very hard for the kids," Lane said. "But she would have wanted them to go on. I am so proud of them."
Cris Frazier, SMS counselor, noted that the play was the first thing the girl asked about when she talked to her in the hospital. The accident sent Edgerly to the Emmanuel Burn Center with third-degree burns on her hip and thigh after being thrown from a car driven by her mother, Helen.
(For the full story please see the Dec. 10, 2002, issue of the Hermiston Herald.)