SAHS students remember classmate
A Souderton Area High School junior died unexpectedly Monday.
Although not mentioned by name in an announcement on the Souderton Area School District website and in emails to parents, North Montco Technical Career Center identified the student as Lynette Davis, a fulltime North Montco student in the welding Pennsylvania Youth Apprenticeship Program.
“The entire school community wants Lynette’s family to know we share in their grief, and our thoughts and prayers are with them,” said North Montco Administrative Director Michael A. Lucas.
SASD crisis procedures were implemented Tuesday, said Assistant Superintendent Frank Gallagher. That included making counselors and psychologists available for students in the guidance office and auditorium at the high school and at North Montco in Towamencin.
“It’s a very sad day for Souderton,” Gallagher said.
The SASD statement reads: “A young person’s death is always tragic and a sudden loss like this can have a very strong impact on surviving students.
“It is important that we recognize this loss and offer help. This is a sensitive issue for young people and it
is important that you talk to your children about their feelings.
“We are especially concerned about those in our school who are experiencing strong emotions. Sudden death is always painful to understand, and your adolescent may experience signs of stress ...
“If your student was a friend of the youth who has died, we urge you to call guidance for additional suggestions,” the statement said. The phone number is 267-203-0117.
Also, via a separate email to parents, the district announced that due to the tragedy, the PSAT exam has been rescheduled from Wednesday, Oct. 17, to Oct. 31.
One student at the high school described the mood at the school Tuesday as “depressed” and observed that students were leaving class to see counselors.
Although funeral arrangements have not yet been formally announced, the district said that written excuses from parents will be required for students missing school to attend the funeral.
An “RIP Lynette Davis” page created on Facebook Monday night had more than 4,100 likes by noon Tuesday. The page includes a sketch of her face by Kelsey Travis, condolences from Kevin Fallon on behalf of the Collegeville Fire Company and from BranchCreek Community Church student pastor Jon Beebe.
Beebe announced that special nights of prayer for family and friends would be offered 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday (middle school students) and Wednesday (high school students) at the church’s Exit31 Student Ministry, 100 Main St., Lower Salford.
Jacqueline Diane posted on the page that “North Montco Technical Career Center will be celebrating the life of Lynette Davis at 6:30 p.m.” Wednesday.
The page encouraged students at Souderton and other schools to wear orange Tuesday, which, according to the page, was Davis’ favorite color. Ondrea Marie Powell created an orange ribbon graphic and enFRurDJeG RWKerV WR PDNe LW WKeLr SrRfiOe picture.
“I’d see her in the hallways and she always seemed so upbeat. So full of laughter and everyone seemed to love her,” commented Kiran Guppy Stypahorlikson.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Lynette’s family. Please know you are not alone! Lynette is an amazing girl with a smile that will live on! I can still see on her skateboard!!!” posted Jan Frederick Madiera.
Melanie Becker remembered meeting Davis at a Vans Warped Tour concert.
“She was so bubbly and friendly. I’ll always remember that smile. I wish I had more time to hang out with her and be there for her. It breaks my heart to see her gone,” she wrote.
“My son used to have sleepovers at her house when they were young. I was devastated to hear about this,” Jen Soltis-Schill wrote.
“, rePePEer LyneWWe IrRP firVW JrDGe DW Oak Ridge [Elementary School]. Adorable little girl,” Christine Anne Martin wrote.
Responding to a request for comment on the page, Michelle DeMichiel said: “Lynette was one of my daughter’s best friends. I have known her for years, and thought of her as my daughter. She was an amazing girl, and had a strength that I have never seen in someone so young. She obviously had a huge impact on those around her. She never pretended to be something she wasn’t and she taught me (and I’m an adult) about being comfortable and happy with who you are. My heart broke last night when my daughter told me the news. I cannot believe this is real. My thoughts now are to only help both of my daughters make it through this.”
Angela Colligan added: “She was a unique girl with a lot of potential. she was my best friend. She had a smile that would light up any room.”
Lynette Davis, from SAHS Yearbook.
Victoria Myers, right, is consoled as friends and family of Lynette Davis gather for a candlelight vigil in her memory at Souderton Community Park Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Friends and family of Lynette Davis gather for a candlelight vigil.
Friends and family of Lynette Davis console each other as they gather for a candlelight vigil in her memory.