Education scholarship honors USC student killed in boating crash

Hailey Bordeaux (Source: Facebook)
Hailey Bordeaux (Source: Facebook)

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - It's been almost three months since a USC student lost her life in a boat crash on Lake Marion.

Authorities say 21-year-old Hailey Bordeaux was killed by another boater, who's since been charged with reckless homicide by boat.

There were many tears throughout the room, as the former Sumter student was remembered.

"Well, when we originally found out about it about a month ago, we were really honored," Shawn Bordeaux said.

Shawn and Pam Bordeaux's daughter, Hailey, was killed in a Lake Marion boat crash almost three months ago.

The 21-year-old USC student was an aspiring teacher and now has a scholarship named after her, thanks to the Sumter School District.

"She touched a lot of lives," Shawn said. "From adult's right down to children and toddlers."

Her parents say she loved children, loved teaching and was finishing up training at USC.

She made up her mind to teach back in 2011 at Sumter High where Susan Hilton was her teacher cadet instructor.

"She came into my classroom in October, and we had been working with children since the very beginning, and she said, 'Ms. Hilton, I have something to tell you,' with this big bright look on her face! She said, 'I'm going to be a teacher,'" Hilton said.

But Bordeaux never got the chance to be a teacher.

"I bet, if you had names of those youngsters that she worked with when she was a teacher cadet, they would remember her, even though they were elementary children," said Superintendent Frank Baker.

DNR has charged 38-year-old Chad Morris with reckless homicide by boat and failure to render aid.

But Hailey Bordeaux's name and legacy will live on as other future educators are discovered and funded in her honor.

"She was well-rounded," Shawn said. "She could put on camouflage and go hunting; she could out fish most people, including me sometimes; and then put on a dress and be the prettiest girl in the room."

The winner of the Hailey Bordeaux Scholarship for Future Educators will be picked from seniors who want to be teachers.

Several scholarships will be handed out but only the leading candidate will get the Bordeaux scholarship.

For those who would like to donate to the fund:

Make all checks payable to the Sumter School District Teacher Forum and send to:

Sumter School District

Attention: Teacher Forum

1340 Wilson Hall Road

Sumter, SC 29150

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