2017-2018 News Slider — 13 September 2017
School mourns beloved senior

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By Buna Poeng

In the early morning of Sept. 9th, Malakai Malikh Michael Lowe passed away due to a seizure he experienced while sleeping.

Malakai was a senior at Oakland High School, player on the baseball team, and part of the Environmental Science Academy (ESA). Popular amongst his teachers and peers, Malakai was a beloved member of the Oakland High community.

¨Malakai embodied the Oakland High spirit,” said ESA English teacher Christopher Johnston in a message to staff. “He was an invaluable member of the ESA community, a lead photographer for the yearbook class, and the starting shortstop on the baseball team. More than that he was generous, outgoing, filled with school spirit and always ready with a joke and a smile.¨

Being a senior at Oakland High, Malakai was getting ready to apply for college and take the next step in his life.

¨While Malakai was anxious and nervous about the college process, he was overall excited about being able to play baseball and move away to pursue a career as an athletic trainer,” said a short biography included in the invitation to a Celebration of Life scheduled for Sept. 16 in Simi Valley, Calif.

It was a sad moment, and day, for the Oakland High community when Malakai´s passing was announced schoolwide. For those who were close to Malakai, either as a teacher or friend, it was a hard time to be at school.

Oakland High will hold a memorial celebration and baseball game on the field after school on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The ESA senior class established a GoFundMe page for donations to help cover the costs of funeral expenses.

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