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Local boy dedicates Eagle Scout project to late SISD Principal

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SHERMAN, TX - The Sherman School District suffered a shocking loss last year when Neblett Elementary Principal, Sheryl Powers, died unexpectedly.

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On what would have been her 46th birthday, friends and family gathered to celebrate her life.

It's a loss that teachers, students and family won't soon forget.

Monday night they gathered to dedicate a permanent memorial to Powers at the school she proudly lead for several years.

For Sheryl Powers, educating children was a life long dream.

 "I've heard many stories of my mom when she was a little girl, just up playing teacher all the time with all of her siblings, so I think it definitely came natural to her," said Sheryl's daughter, Sami Powers.

By October 2012, 45-year-old Powers was going on her third year as Principal at Neblett Elementary.

Then her sudden and tragic death took everyone by surprise.

"It was devastating and such shock as it was to the whole community," said Sheryl's sister, Kathy Mathes.

"We were all in shock, but we also knew that she wanted us to keep going and that she wanted us to be here for the kids," said Neblett teacher, Tori Decker.

"She was a really amazing person, she was just so enthusiastic about everything," said Boy Scout, Jake Decker.

Monday would've been Powers' 46th birthday, so Jake Decker, decided it was the perfect time to finish something they had started before Powers' untimely death.

"When I told her that I wanted to do an Eagle project at the school, she jumped right on board and she wanted to get it done," said Jake.

So Decker and fellow boy scouts built a bench on the playground, planted 8 Crape Mrytle trees that will bloom purple, like the school colors, and dedicated this memorial stone in Powers' honor.

"That they saw her as this big of a leader to do something like this, it makes me proud of her," said Sami.

"You know it's bitter sweet, it's sad that it's a project now as a memorial," said Tori Decker.

A forever reminder of a passionate educator, lost far too soon.

Under her name on the memorial stone is a quote. It says "Keep Going."

Her family tells us it was a phrase she was fond of and had posted on her facebook wall the day before she died.