Wickliffchacin went to Brown to see if the principal intended to recognize those who were going into the military. The next year at graduation, Brown said, they asked those who had been and those who were going into the military to stand.
“I purposefully looked for James, and I remember he was smiling ear to ear,” Brown said. “He physically and mentally prepared. It was his choice and he was proud.”
Brown described Wickliffchacin as a respectful student, who was outgoing, but not loud.
“I remember him as a polite and upstanding young man,” Brown said.
Wickliffchacin took several art classes from Copeland and liked hanging out in the art department.
Copeland had him in introduction to drawing and he later did some 3-D work, clay and papier-mache sculptures.