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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Every morning a group of students arrive early to honor a former Central Valley High School student by greeting classmates outside.

Central Valley High School Alum Jansen Badinger started this tradition.

Jansen graduated from CV in 2013. Two months later, he had a heart attack while swimming in the Spokane River and drowned.

While Jansen was a student at Central Valley, he made it his mission every morning to arrive at school early and greet his fellow classmates at the door.

“He wanted everyone to smile,” his mother, Jennifer Badinger, said.

Jansen would ask his parent's everyday to drop him off at school early, but his parents never asked why.

After Jansen's death, they realized why their son wanted to go to school early.

“It just touches my heart,” Jennifer Badinger said.

To honor Jansen, students from all grades try to emulate him and keep his tradition going.

“In a way it was a call to action. Just making us realize now that he's gone we have a part to fill,” CV Senior Briton Demars said.

Central Valley students will never forget the smile Jansen spread through CV's halls.

“He was the heart and soul of CV,” Junior Tanner Gummersall said. “We're just trying to follow his example.”

Jansen would have been 20-years-old in May. The school's front entrance is dedicated to the young man who earned the nickname ‘Mr. Spirit' for the energy he spread everyday. Central Valley also has a scholarship for Jansen.

To find out more about Jansen's doors, click the link below.

http://www.centralvalleybbc.org/home/jansens-door/

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