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Bus crash survivor to speak at NHHS

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Jake Booher returns to alma mater

By Kelly Cantrall

A former Trojan will return to his alma mater next week to share his experiences as a survivor of the Carrollton bus crash.

Jason Booher, a 1992 graduate of North Hardin High School, will speak at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the school about the crash and finding success later in life.

Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of the crash, which killed 27 people and is the worst drunken-driving crash in the nation’s history.

Booher is assistant principal and boys’basketball coach at Holmes High School in Covington and led Holmes to the Sweet 16 quarterfinals last season. His team won the state championship in 2010 at Shelby Valley High School in Pikeville.

Booher’s speech will focus on the dangers of drinking and driving and how he overcame the tragedy.

He approached North Hardin administrators about speaking on the anniversary of the wreck, counselor Tanya Corder said.

“We agreed it would probably be a good thing for the community,”Corder said.

Booher has traveled the state with his presentation but hasn’t returned to his alma mater, “a place that took care of me for four years”after the crash, he said.

Booher said he delivers his message for all of those killed in the wreck. He often comes to schools around prom or graduation, but hopes his message lasts a lifetime, not just a weekend.

“I always say my goal is to save one and my dream is to save thousands,”he said.

No current North Hardin students were alive when the wreck that claimed the lives of three North Hardin students occurred. Their familiarity with the subject may vary, Corder said.

“Even if they haven’t (heard of the crash), I think it’s a good life lesson,”she said.

Survivors and family members of victims are welcome to attend the speech.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.