The fourth annual crosstown St. Charles North and St. Charles East swim meet was Thursday afternoon, which holds a special meaning beyond a friendly rivalry between two schools.
At least on this day, it matters not if black and blue or orange and black is the supreme color.
Pink, Scout's favorite color, reigned supreme and covered every inch of the spectating bleachers.
The proceeds raised for the meet directly benefits the "For Scout Foundation", a foundation established in her memory in 2015 that helps support the vast areas that touched Scout's life: The American Asthma Foundation, Anderson Animal Shelter, the St. Charles swimming community and St. Charles School District 303.
A total of $7,885 were raised by both St. Charles North and East High Schools, which was announced mid-meet.
"My husband [Tony] and I had a talk and said, we wanted Katie to know that life is not what happens to you, but how you handle what happens to you," Felicity Cantrell said.
"We could either sit and say 'Woe is us that this happened to us', or we could honor Scout, her legacy in the best possible way, and give back to the community that is good to us...and that Scout loved."
The "For Scout Foundation" has raised $204,000 – $163,000 donated – for multiple programs, including aquatics scholarship programs, fine arts programs in the school district, Anderson Animal Shelter, playground equipment and more over the lifespan of the foundation.
Scout's birthday, Nov. 29, marks the occasion when the Foundation gives its big donation.
"Although she was nine when she passed, the lessons that she taught me will carry with me throughout my whole life," Katie Cantrell said. "There's so many things in this world out there that [people] can go do, and Scout took advantage of every opportunity she had, and really wanted everyone to feel special."
Katie Cantrell, who aspires to become a pediatric neurologist one day, is busy way beyond the swimming lanes.
Part of three total honor societies – President of both the National English Honor Society and the Scholar Athletes program – she also coordinates blood drives at the school, and competes on the slam poetry team.
"If I can try to help other people feel that same way," she said, "then I know I continue Scout's legacy."
One thumbprint at a time.