Powerful ceremony to remember teen killed in crash: ‘To keep her life in our hearts’

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ORWELL, Ohio-- A solemn candlelight ceremony was held Tuesday night as hundreds of students at Grand Valley High School in Orwell remembered 17-year-old Emily Plickert.

Emily Plickert"Tonight is a memorial that the students, staff, and her parents wanted to put together, to keep her life in our hearts," said Bill Nye, superintendent.

Plickert's family, along with her friends, teachers, and the community lined the entire football field at Mustang Stadium, a place where she cheered many games there.

"She was a cheerleader, beautiful smile, beautiful girl. She was liked by everybody, liked by all; she affected everybody," said Nye.

Those same people walked from the football field to the high school auditorium for a memorial service there.

Plickert died November 13 at the corner of Windsor and Bogue Road after troopers said she did not yield at a stop sign. Her car was struck by a pick-up truck driven by a 16-year-old boy.
He and his 16-year-old passenger survived. Both boys went to the same school.

"They are seeking counseling. It's very difficult for all the members of that accident. They all have issues we are working through," said Nye.

And while the Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident, family and friends say the light that Emily brought to their lives will never diminish.

"There is a lot of grief with staff and students and families. But everybody loves each other. It's a small town where everybody knows everybody. It really affects a school like this. This is one of the ways we are coping with it, to celebrate her life," said Nye.

Grief counselors were at the high school the last two days and will remain so for students and staff who need more time to heal.

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