Topeka teacher and coach honored by former students

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A longtime Topeka teacher and coach is being honored on Wednesday for the impact he’s had beyond the books.
Gunner Kelley retired from Topeka high school in 2017.
He led the school’s junior ROTC program for more than 20 years.
Some of Kelley’s friends, former cadets, and former athletes got together to donate a plaque in his honor.

One former student, who grew up to become an ordained minister, gave Kelley his very first priest collar as a thank you.

“On it I wrote I am because you were. Because he never gave up on me and pushed me to become something great,” said Pastor Gregory Bland.

Kelley was taken away by the ceremony.

“We have students here from our very first year. 24 and a half years ago. And it just means the world that they still remember.”

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