CHS stands behind injured teen
Coosa High stands behind injured teen
Posted on 03/15/2012

Tragedy often brings out the best in a community and that has certainly been the case in the unfortunate automobile accident that injured Ben Masters, a student at Coosa High School. From the day of the accident, the school and community have rallied to support Ben and his family as he has worked hard to return to school. The students and faculty at Coosa High have sold shirts, wrist-bands and held fundraisers for Ben and the Masters family. A golf tournament was held Friday, March 16 to raise additional funds to help the family with medical costs.

More than 2,500 shirts were sold in 10 days and additional sold until Christmas break. Joe Agan, a teacher at Coosa High worked with students and staff at Coosa on the fundraising activities. Through the sale of the shirts and the sale of the wrist-bands, the student group presented Ben and his family with a check for $11,000. "I understand this is going to assist the Masters in purchasing a very expensive piece of equipment that will help with Ben's rehabilitation," Agan said. "The unit resembles a stationary bicycle but it supports him in the standing position and he uses his arms to pedal the machine." 

The benefit golf tournament was held at Meadow Lakes Golf Club in Cedartown. The tournament was the idea of Seth Broome, a senior at Coosa High. Broome developed the fund raiser as a senior honors project for his Honors Prep graduation requirements. The four-man scramble format tournament hoped to raise more than $10,000. Coosa coach Zach Morrison assisted Broome with the golf tournament. With his senior project, Broome will help a friend and also secure an Honors Prep seal on his diploma when he graduates in May. 

Ben Masters returned to Coosa High School several weeks ago and is once again an integral part of the Eagle spirit in the Coosa community. He lost the use of his legs in the accident but he still has the support of the students, staff and community as he continues his road to recovery.