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Hastings College honors student at homecoming halftime show

Published: Sep. 26, 2020 at 4:17 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - It is homecoming weekend at Hastings College and in between the Broncos taking on Doane, people took time to remember a student who left behind a big legacy.

Mikaelah Molifua was not only a student but also the dance coach at the college. She always had high energy and some motivating words to share with those around her. In June she passed away from ovarian cancer. In her honor, the dances performed Saturday were choreographed by Mikaelah during her time as coach.

“It’s like Mikaelah was there. She actually danced on the field with the dance team and I saw her there. I saw her doing it and I remember that video very vividly. I remember watching her do it in person,” Mikaelah’s younger brother Ethan Molifua said.

There is now a memorial scholarship aimed at helping athletes with health issues. The Mikaelah Daneen Molifua Memorial Scholarship was put together by the Hastings College Foundation. The scholarship will be awarded to athletes who exemplify the spirit that Mikaelah had.

“The support is just overwhelming,” Molifua said. “There’s really no other word to know that support that’s been there and it’s going to continue to be there especially through the scholarship.”

Over $11,000 have been raised. The dance team wanted to reach $10,000 by the day of the big game. The college is about halfway to their goal of $20,000.

Donations to the scholarship can be made here.

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