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The MHS volleyball team on senior night, when they played a match in Michael's memory

MHS Volleyball Honors Former Standout Player

When Michael Haver converted his mother's 2007 Honda Accord into his own sports car, he had all of his friends from his senior class at Milford High sign the roof so they'd always be with him. 
Many of those friends, including the MHS boys volleyball team, gathered together last Friday night to honor their friend and former teammate, who passed away a little more than two months ago at the age of 19.
"The boys presented me with flowers and I thought that was really sweet, and very touching," said Ana Paulino, Michael's mother. "It was a great outpouring. Kids who had already graduated came to the game and, as a mom, I hope Michael's spirit was there cheering them on."
The Scarlet Hawks not only swept B.C. High in three straight sets, they also helped raise more than $1,200 for a scholarship in Michael's memory and did it all wearing neon-colored socks with the initials "MH" sewn into the side. Those in attendance also wore bright colors that matched the neon hats and shoes that were Michael's trademark.
"It was a great night overall and a great turnout," Milford High head volleyball coach Andrew Mainini said. "We talked a bit about the life and excitement that Mike brought to the volleyball court last year and how his leadership skills had a lasting impact on the boys who came back this year."
Paulino said the support from Michael's friends has been great comfort to her and to Michael's stepfather, Christopher Schertzer. 
"That has been something that has pulled me through this difficult time," the heartbroken mother said. "It just goes to show that this generation has a lot to be proud of, and I am proud that Michael introduced me to his friends."
Paulino remembered her son's love of volleyball and soccer as well as his love of a challenge. Michael designed a bank for Milford High and spent hours turning her Honda into something he and his friends were proud to cruise around town.
"That was his pride and joy," she said. "He always liked to make improvements on things and he was definitely creative. He did a great job on the Honda and he always was diligent in doing his research with what he was doing on the car, even though I might have questioned him at times. He turned that Accord into his little sports car."




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