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Former principal remembers Edmond soldier who died Friday

Spc. James T. Wickliffchacin was remembered Tuesday by his former principal at Edmond Santa Fe High School as a respectful student who couldn't be more proud to serve in the military.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: September 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm •  Published: September 26, 2013

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. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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