October 1 was the birthday of Sarah Cotton, the daughter of Sedalia's founder George R Smith.

She donated her homestead to the Sedalia School District for the district to build the original Smith-Cotton High School.

On Friday, Oct. 1, the tradition of honoring her belief in the youth of Sedalia was carried out by placing a mum at her gravesite in Crown Hill Cemetery.

The tradition was started by Smith-Cotton High School's Student Council and continues today with Smith-Cotton's National Honor Society and Smith-Cotton Junior High School's National Junior Honor Society.

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Shown, from left, are National Junior Honor Society members Brylee Hermanson and Gabriel Toderescu, and National Honor Society members Ethan Moore, Jessica Tienda, Anna Johnston, Lucy Mahalovich and Levi Barth-Fagan.