He may have died in a tragic biking accident, but this 7-year-old boy will live on in an award named in his honor

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Bryson Mikell, 7, died last year in a tragic biking accident. Now, his memory will live on through an award at his elementary school. (Source: WRDW)

LANGLEY, SC (WRDW/WAGT) – A first grade boy will be remembered by his school when they hand out a new award in his name.

It's called the Bryson Mikell "Joyful Spirit" Award.

The award named in honor of Bryson, who was killed in March while riding his bike.

Most remember Bryson as the boy who would light up a room.

“Wasn’t a morning he woke up he wasn't smiling,” Bryson’s dad, Shawn Mikell, said. “He'd wake up with a headache smiling."

Bryson's brothers, Triston and Jacob, remember him as their bike buddy and best friend.

“Sometimes we'd go to this big dirt hill and we'd jump it,” Jacob said. “He was a great brother.”

“We love each other,” Triston said.

At Jefferson Elementary School, Bryson was the Citizen of the Month and the Year

“He always worked really hard to try and make us proud,” Shawn said. “And he did.”

For Jessica Boyd, Bryson's kindergarten teacher, he was all that and more.

"The 'Joyful Spirit Award' -- that is just what I think of when I think of Bryson," Boyd said. "It's almost more than just an academic achievement; it's a character achievement.”

Bryson’s family was surprised with award during a recent ceremony.

“They came out with it, and I said, ‘Y’all just keep trying to bring me to my knees, huh?’” Shawn said.

It’s the school’s way of keeping Bryson’s spirit alive – a reminder to keep smiling because Bryson always did.

The award will be given out at the end of every school year. One student per grade will win the award. This year, they gave the 1st grade award to Bryson’s parents.

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