School supports G-R’s loss with video tribute

Set to the tune of “Lean on Me,” a group of Don Bosco High School students made a video tribute to support the Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School community on the loss of junior student Noah Ohrt.

The video was posted on YouTube and has received more than 7,500 views.

Ohrt, the son of Ed and Kathy Ohrt of Gladbrook, died March 8 at the age of 17 after a two-year battle with Ewings Sarcoma. His funeral was at G-R High School last Thursday.

The video was made last week at Don Bosco High School and includes many students from the school in Gilbertville making the shape of a heart with their hands and holding signs for support for Ohrt’s family and the Gladbrook-Reinbeck community.

“It makes us proud how many people Noah touched,” said Kathy Ohrt. “The caring and support they showed in the video is amazing. My husband and I cried the first time we saw it.”

The video was filmed by Don Bosco counselor Chris Wood, who heard about Ohrt’s passing from a close friend who is a staff member at Gladbrook-Reinbeck.

“I made an announcement to the students and staff of what had happened at Gladbrook-Reinbeck and that I felt we as a community we should reach out to them,” Wood said. “I requested that anyone interested in helping organize a sympathy card and/or video please come to the campus ministry room. Little did I know that I would have one-third of the school show up to help.”

Among those who helped at the school 30 miles from Reinbeck was Don Bosco senior Baylee Rhoads. She said she has had a family friend go through cancer and has seen how showing support can help out.

“I thought it would be nice to reach out to show them that people support them and they are not alone,” Rhoads said.

Noah’s mom Kathy was also touched by an emotional funeral last Thursday at the high school in Reinbeck.

“Noah has inspired so many people,” she said.

Kathy said even through cancer, Noah wanted to live every minute to the fullest.

“He was just a very courageous young man,” she said.

The video is titled “Our Hearts Are With You GR” and can be found by searching for the title on

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