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Jack was an amazing kid who had everything.  He made straight A's, had many friends, was handsome, was creative, was witty, musically talented, played guitar, played bass in the high school orchestra, and most of all was loved beyond measure. In spite all of this there was something painful going on.

Looking at this smiling face no one could have known that something was terribly wrong. Something so heavy that on May 11, 2012 Jack made the decision to end his own life.

The Jack Duncan Rhodes Foundation was formed shortly after the loss of Jack. The foundation aims to prevent teenage suicide by providing support, education and outreach to individuals and their families. The organization also offers a series of scholarships for high school students who plan to pursue a degree in a mental health field.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 60 percent of high school students have thoughts of suicide, 19.3 percent have seriously considered it and about 900,000 planned their suicides during an episode of major depression in one year. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death after accidents and homicides for those ages 10 to 24.  We are working to change this!

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We are thrilled to announce that Haley Stoddard is the 2014 recipients of the $5000 Jack Duncan Rhodes Foundation Scholarship. Come out to the Golden Light on September 27th and meet this amazing woman. She is making a difference at West Texas A&M University and in our community.