LYONS, Kansas – School officials remember Dylon Pavlus-Newill as a star athlete and dedicated student, who brought spirit to the community.
“He was one of the loudest, if not the loudest, at our pep rallies. So he really got involved in that and he would also volunteer for the games or the class competitions that we had during the pep rallies,” said Principle Kelly Nusser.
Dylon died Tuesday in a house fire in Lyons.
Remembered as a varsity athlete in football, track and wrestling, Dylon was also heavily involved in debate and forensics.
“A bright kid, a very good student. You know, sharp. In football, we would explain plays — he caught on the first time. He was just really a very good football player, a very good student, but I think he was just even a better kid. He was always happy-go-lucky and we’re going to miss him,” said Head Football Coach James Johnston.
The community has been hit hard by loss. Over the summer, another student in the same class, 16-year-old Austin Hoffman, was killed when he was struck by a car. Earlier this month, the father of a high school junior was killed in a plane crash in Colorado.
“The class has been hit hard, our school has been hit hard. Our community has been hit hard by these unfortunate events, so it’s been tough to deal with but we’ve been taking it one day at a time,” said Nusser.
As the school plans a moment of silence at Thursday’s home football game, the community remembers the young man they lost.
“He was lighthearted but also, when it came time to play, he was passionate about playing, We’re really going to miss him here,” said Johnston.
The Lyon’s Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Sloppy Joe feed at the home football game on Thursday to raise funds for the family from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.