SAHS students re­mem­ber class­mate

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian Binga­man

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.

Pho­tos by MARK C. PSORAS

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.

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