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A year after a house fire destroyed a family's home and claimed the life of a Hawley High Schooler grieving loved ones are turning Rylie Efterfield's memory into an opportunity for her peers. 

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Connie Fisher/ Rylie's Grandmother: "She had a smile on her face all the time. She never let a bad day get her down."

And even though it was a gray, gloomy day -- and an even gloomier year for Rylie Efterfield's family -- since a house fire claimed the teen's life...

Fisher: "She was too young to leave us... 15 years old."

It's not stopping her family from living out the advice Rylie tweeted just an hour before the fire:

"Don't let a bad day make you feel like you have a bad life."

Brian Efterfield/ Rylie's Uncle: "She's with us still... So high hopes, I guess."

So with Rylie on their minds...

Efterfield: "The shyness, smiles, the kindness..."

Family and friends donned their leather, and revved their engines, Riding from West Fargo to Hawley with an emotional stop at the site of the fire.

And it was all to raise money in honor of their shy, kind-hearted Rylie.

After high school, Rylie dreamed of going to college and becoming a doctor. And with the "Wings for the Future" scholarship... her family hopes they can give other students a chance to realize the dreams that Rylie never could.

Fisher: "So that they can -- I guess if you want to call it -- enjoy Rylie."

And turn a somber memory into an opportunity for someone else.

Fisher: "She's looking down at us and she's --thumbs up."

If you'd like to contribute to the Rylie's "Wings for the Future" Scholarship, check out the group's facebook page here: 

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Catherine Ross
Catherine joined the WDAY 6 News team as a reporter and photographer in April of 2014 and is honored to bring you stories from around the Red River Valley. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and got her first taste of the news industry during a high school mentorship at Fox 9 in the Twin Cities. Catherine graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she participated in the student-run TV station WEBN and spent a semester in Washington, DC working at Voice of America. Those opportunities gave her a front-row seat to the 2012 Presidential election cycle, reporting at the Iowa Caucuses, Republican National Convention and President Obama’s second inauguration. Now happy to be back closer to family, Catherine enjoys exploring the nature and culture of the upper Midwest. She’s an avid runner, novice foodie and lifelong Twins fan. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, Catherine would love to hear from you!
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