Kiski Area High students remember classmate, 16, killed in sledding accident
A solemn gathering in their school's atrium marked the return of Kiski Area High School students from their winter break on Wednesday.
The students were remembering classmate Jenna Prusia, 16, an 11th-grader who died as the result of a sledding accident Friday.
A funeral for Prusia of Washington Township was held on New Year's Day.
High school Principal Chad Roland said the atrium was full for the morning gathering, where students shared stories of Prusia's life and how she has impacted them.
“It's a tragic loss. It's a tremendous loss to our school,” Roland said. “Jenna was a great student and even a better person. She had an impact beyond her years.”
Grief counselors were available on Wednesday and will be in the school through the week for students to talk to, Roland said. He said a “good bit” of students were availing themselves of the help.
“We were ready for the worst,” he said.
Prusia had been sledding with her identical twin sister, Ashton, in Bell Township. She suffered head injuries when the sled they were riding hit a tree on property along McCreary Road. She died about two hours later at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Her sister was not injured.
Prusia's death was especially hard on her class and the volleyball team, of which she was a member, Roland said.
While further memorials are being discussed, nothing specific was yet planned, Roland said.
Students visited her locker, placing pictures and notes there.
Absences were normal for the day. Roland said the funeral may have offered closure for some, and students were looking forward to “getting back to some normalcy.”
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- DUI checkpoints take on dangerous drivers
- Upper Burrell man accused of selling Suboxone
- Middle schoolers stem STEM Challenge at Penn State New Kensington
- Rates rise for Upper Allegheny customers
- Frankstown Acres parents pleased — kids stay at Center
- Allegheny Twp. residents challenge legality of drilling in neighborhoods
- Freeport sewage rates to jump 25 percent
- Strong winds rattle Alle-Kiski Valley
- Brackenridge high-rise infested with bed bugs
- Apollo-Ridge to limit any tax hike to 2.8 percent
- Positives seen despite Valley Junior-Senior High School performance scores