Every 15 Minutes Student Obituaries

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Mary Sintetos died in a car accident on March 30th, 2011. She was 17 years old. She is survived by her brother, sister, mother and father. She was a Best Buddies officer and plays field hockey and lacrosse for Rockville High School. She will be most remembered for her sense of humor.

Berenice Flores died in a drunk driving accident on March 30th, 2011. Berenice is survived by her parents and two brothers. Berenice was a member of Best Buddies and was a senior at Rockville High School. Berenice was scheduled to graduate in June 2011. Berenice will be most remembered for her acts of kindness throughout the community.

Tyler Ward, 17, was called home on March 30th, 2011 as a result of a drinking related car accident. Tyler was born at Holy Cross Hospital on April 26th, 1993 to Mark and Cathy Ward. It was planned for Tyler to graduate Rockville High School in 2012. Tyler had a great love of all animals especially her two dogs, Shay and Rocky. Tyler lived for horseback riding, cheerleading, lacrosse and being with her best friends. She was extremely close with her two older sisters, Jennifer and Erin Ward and was always seen with a smile on her face. She is survived by her parents, sisters, boyfriend, Blain Pierce and all of her close friends. Her warm laughter and personality will be greatly missed and always remembered.

Anarita Sousa, a student who was in her senior year at Rockville High school, died at the age of 17 on March 30th, 2011 from a drunk driving accident. Born on November 5th, 1993 in Maryland, Anarita was a young dedicated girl with a long promising life ahead of her. She has an endless thirst to grow and learn and ensured to never let anything or anyone hinder her from meeting her goals. A leader in many ways, Anarita always tried to find the positivity in things and spread her contagious energy to everyone around her. Anarita spent most of her time dancing, playing lacrosse, spending time with her family, and building unforgettable memories with her friends. Her future plans included visiting her family in Portugal over the summer and attending Clemson University in the fall to study Biology. Anarita will be missed and always remembered in the hearts of her loving parents, Paulo and Cristina Sousa and her sister Sara Sousa.

Michelle Sarah Speiser was involved in an alcohol related accident, resulting in her death. She was 17 years old, on the girls varsity tennis team, manager for the JV softball team, and enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program at Rockville High School. She was a hard worker and very close to the friends that she will no longer be with. She never made it to graduation and see her dreams of attending a university in the fall and continuing through graduate school. She is leaving behind her loving father, mother, older brother and friends.

Kelsey Michelle Boyd died on March 30th, 2011 due to a drinking and driving related car crash. Kelsey was a four year varsity cheerleader and was a great friend to many. She will be survived by her mother Eileen, Sister Lindsey, and niece Rylee. She was a senior at Rockville High School and was scheduled in June of this year. Her memory will forever live on and her warm smile and caring personality will be forever missed.

Brianna Ellis died from an alcohol related car accident today, March 30th, 2011. She leaves behind many family members and friends. She was a member of the Varsity Cheerleading Team. She was always energetic, talkative, friendly and loving.

Patricia Koreen Durham, age 18 died on March 30th, 2011 in a senseless drunk driving accident. Born February 1st, 1993, Patricia was described as the sweet, fun, goofy, kind and care free. A senior at Rockville High School, Patricia played Field Hockey and Lacrosse and was a member of Best Buddies. Patricia’s best friend was her sister Amber. Patricia is survived by her grandmother Debbie and her three sisters Amber, Jennifer and Theresa.

Taylor Schaeffer, a senior at Rockville High School died on March 30th, 2011 at the age of 17 from a drunk driving accident. She was born July 5th, 1993 in the town of Charleston, South Carolina to her mother, father and her brother Drew. After living in Virginia for many years, she moved to Maryland where she lived with her step-father Bob and her step-brothers Tom, Scott, and John. Passionate about everything she became involved in, Taylor spent most of her time and energy excelling in her academics in the IB program, participating, choreographing and leading on the Pom Squad, and spending time with her close friends who she loved dearly. Taylor was yet to decide where she was going to attend college, but received acceptances from many great schools and if she did not return south she would have stayed and studied at the Honors College at University of Maryland. The memory of her 17 year old self is all that her family and friends will be left with.

Allison Denion was a victim of a drinking and driving accident on March 30th, 2011. Alison is survived by her parents Pam and Jim along with her two brothers Drew and Cody. She attended Rockville High School and was scheduled to graduate in June. She played Field Hockey for 4 years and was also an officer in best buddies. Allison will be remembered most for her sweet, loving and friendly personality.

On March 30th, Anne Wagner died in a drunk driving accident at the age of 16. She is survived by her parents, Michael and Martha Wagner and her three sisters, Katie, Rachel, and Sarah. Anne played for the Rockville varsity field hockey and softball teams. She actively participated in the debate team, Young Change Makers, and the philosophy club. She was also a photographer for the Rockville Rampage. Anne was an excellent student in the IB program and had a bright future ahead of her. She will be remembered for her thoughtfulness and caring personality.

Meghann Tilghman died in a drunk driving accident on March 30th, 2011. She is survived by her mom, dad and older brother. Meghann was a member of the varsity girls basketball team and loved to make her peers laugh. She was a senior at Rockville High School and was scheduled to graduate June 3rd, 2011. Meghann will be most remembered for her energetic personality.

 

 

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Anna Damone was a devoted daughter, granddaughter, sister and friend. She was dedicated to Rockville High School as a student, athlete and Rampage staff member. She was the captain of the RHS Soccer Team, Swim Team, and played Lacrosse. She has planned to attend Pennsylvania State University in the fall and study graphic design. She survived by her father, mother and sister and had hoped to one day have a family of her own.

 

 

Maija K. Mikkelsen died on March 30th, 2011 due to a drunk driving accident. She is survived by her mother, father, step-mother, two sisters and two step-brothers. Maija was an active member in the RHS theater club, National Honors Society and her church youth group. In addition, she was the member of RHS swim and dive team. Maija was a senior at Rockville High School and scheduled to graduate on June 3rd, 2011. She planned to attend college in the fall to study theater.

Erin Kathleen Griffin died today, March 30th, 2011 due to an alcohol related car accident. At the age of 18, she is survived by her parents, Karen and Joe Griffin. She was a longtime musician who dreamed of playing in a college Marching Band. She will always be remembered.

 

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Melanie Samantha Demb was a victim of a drinking and driving accident of March 30th, 2011. As a 17 year-old, she lived a short but memorable life as a student at Rockville High School and a friend to many. Melanie is survived by her parents James and Sara, her sister Allison and her brother Josh. Melanie was a senior and was scheduled to graduate on June 3rd, 2011. She was a Featured Managing Editor for the Rockville Rampage, a four-year varsity cheerleader and a two-year varsity lacrosse player.

 

Alexis Emily Leary died on March 30th, 2011 in drunk driving accident. She is survived by her father, Kevin, mother, Elizabeth, and older sisters Brittany and Genevieve. Alexis was a member of varsity field hockey, swim and dive, and softball. Along with athletics, Alexis was assistant Editor In Chief of Rockville’s Yearbook Aries and a member of National Honor Society and Best Buddies. Alexis was scheduled to graduate in 2012. She will be remembered for her kindness and dedicated to her passions in life.

Kristina Kenno was a victim of a drinking and driving accident on March 30th, 2011. Kristina is survived by her parents, Kevin and Michele and her sister Jane Marie. She attended Rockville High School and was scheduled to graduate in June. She was Editor In Chief of the RHS Yearbook, Sports Managing Editor of The Rampage, a member of the National Honor Society, two year varsity softball player and four year varsity swim team member. Kristina will be remembered most by her kind and outgoing personality and always being there when a friend was in need.

Asena Acar was an 18 year-old Rockville High School senior. She was a successful IB student with lots of leadership ability and life goals. Her plan was to graduate from college and make a positive difference in the world. Asena leaves behind her parents and her brother and sister, both of whom are current RHS students.

 

 

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Alicia Camacho, of Rockville, Maryland, passed away today, due to a drunken driving accident. Born in Rockville on June 3rd, 1993 to Lynn and Francisco Camacho, Alicia was an exceptional student and a talented artist. She was a senior in high school and hoped to attend Juniata College, where she would major in Art and Education. She loved animals, especially her 3 dogs, hoped one day to have her own dogs and horses. Alicia spent her time out of school hanging out with her friends. Alicia is survived by her parents, her sister, Cristina, her brother Francisco Jr. and her close friends.

 

Kaitlyn Barbara Townsend-Gray died in a car accident today. She was 16 years old. She is survived by her mother, Susan, her father, Chris, and siblings Dwight and Heather. She is also survived by her loving grandparents, an aunt and two uncles. One of whom inspire her love of science which fueled her goals throughout her life. She leaves behind many friends whose courage and strength always inspired her. Though she is gone the spirit if music which coursed through her veins will live on forever.

Patricia Hubbard was a victim of a drinking and driving accident on March 30th, 2011. Patricia survived by her parents, John and Rebecca and her sister, Elizabeth. She attended Rockville High School and would be graduating June 3rd, 2011. She was a member of the National Honors Society, the first chair oboe player in the RHS band, a varsity field hockey, a girl’s basketball and softball player. Patricia will be remembered most by her sarcastic humor, and constant merriment.

Brittany Goldstein died in a drunk driving accident on March 30th, 2011. She was survived by her parents, sisters, friends and her boyfriend. Brittany was a member of the soccer and lacrosse team, and a volunteer to many organizations within the community. Brittany was a senior at RHS and was scheduled to graduate June 3rd and attend college in the fall. Brittany will be most remembered for her kind and outgoing personality.

Nicole Kubasik was a victim of a drinking and driving accident on March 30th, 2011. Nicole is survived by her parents, Steve and Nancy and her brothers Matthew and Timothy. She attended Rockville High School and was scheduled to graduate June 2011. She was a four year varsity cheerleader, swim team member and girl’s lacrosse player and an Associate Editor of The Rampage. Nicole will be remembered most by her strong sense of humor, outgoing personality and the mark she made of RHS athletics.

Taylor Phillips died today, March 30th, due to an alcohol related accident. She survived by her mother Karen, her father John, brother Aaron, aunt Rosemary and her best friend Amanda Khoury. She was a member of the RHS softball and field hockey team, an active member in her youth group and has high hopes for her future. She will be remembered by her warm heart and her beautiful blue eyes, not only by her close friends and family by everyone who knew her too.

Ryan Taylor Hoppman, aged seventeen, was killed today on March 30th in an alcohol related car crash. He was a senior at Rockville High School, was a member of the Varsity Soccer and lacrosse teams, and the ski and snowboard club. Ryan was a valued member of the community and his family, who was always eager to help anyone in need. He will be survived by his two brothers, Evan and Cameron, and his parents, Layne and Nicole. He is also survived by his beloved girlfriend, Patricia Hubbard, the rest of his family and many friends. He shall be remembered for his personable demeanor and selfless actions.

Angela Dols was the victim of a drinking and driving accident on March 30th, 2011. She was a junior at Rockville High School. Angela is survived by her parents, Stuart and Gina, sister Amanda and brother Anthony. Angela was a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Field Hockey, swim and dive and softball teams and a part of the International Baccalaureate program at RHS. She will be remembered for her charismatic and comedic personality.

Marie-Gabrielle Blassou, Gabby, died in a drunk driving accident on March 30th, 2011. She is survived by her mother, 3 sisters, brothers and close friends. Gabby was SGA President, homecoming queen, captain of the varsity soccer team and a friend to the students of RHS. Gabby was scheduled to graduate June 3rd, 2011. She will be most remembered for her caring, outgoing personality and bright smile.

Hannah Marie Kotarski died on March 30th due to an alcohol related accident. Hannah is survived by her mom, dad, brother and dogs. Hannah is survived by her mom, dad, brother and dogs. Hannah was 16 years old and a junior at Rockville High School. She was an active member of the school’s soccer, swim and dive and lacrosse team and participated in the SGA and NHS. She will be remembered most by her unique character and memorable smile.

Sara Trach died on March 30th, 2011. Sara is survived by her parents Stefan and Kathie Trach, and her older sister Larisa and her younger brother Douglas. She was captain of Varsity girls’ volleyball in the 2010 season and was on the co-ed volleyball team, striving to lead both teams to victory. Sara also participated in the clubs, Young Change Makers, Green Club and National Honors Society. Sara was currently enrolled in the IB program looking toward her IB diploma in her graduating year of 2012 and a bright future ahead. Sara will be remembered for her outstanding efforts in her work and her will to succeed.

Mina Sorra, a student who was in her senior at Rockville High School, died at the age of 18 on March 30th, 2011 from a car accident. Born on January 10th 1993 in her hometown Manila, Philippines she came into a family of 4 and blessed her parents with a much desired baby girl. She was a firm believer in finding enjoyment out of the simple pleasures of life. Mina spent her free time reading dancing spending time with her family, and sharing laughs with her best friends. Her futureplans included visiting her family in the Philippines over the summer, and attending the University of Maryland in the fall to study under the Life Sciences Scholars program. She is survived by loving parents, Rose and Vicente Sorra and brother’s Nimrod and Jethro Sorra.

Ruth-Helen Vassilas died at age 18, on the evening of March 29th, 2011 in a drunk driving accident. She was born December 1st, 1992 and is outlived by her mother, Maj-britt (my-britt), her father, Andreas, her older brother, Eugene, three grandparents, her best friend, Mina and Jurgen and her boyfriend, Chris. Ruth spent her life traveling, reading, writing, laughing, spending time with family and good friends and giving back to her community. Ruth, an IB student, worked diligently in school, was a part-time intern at the American Bar association, a member of the Montgomery County Superintendent’s Leadership program and an active member of the City of Rockville Diversity Leadership Group. Fluent in four languages, Ruth was planning to attend University of Maryland, College Park or New York University in the fall to major in International Relations and eventually go for her law degree. She will be missed greatly by all her family and friends.

Teresa Louise Traficante, age 17, died on March 30th, 2011 in an alcohol related car accident in the city of Rockville. She was born on September 28th, 1993 to Douglas and Catherine Traficante. Teresa never was able to attend college, but she was planning to go to a southern university for nursing. She was an active member at the Church of Christ at Manor Woods. She held a leadership position in the youth group and was active in her school in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honors Society, SADD and Future Doctors and Scientists club. Teresa volunteered her time tutoring kids of all ages, doing service projects with her church and going on medical missions. Teresa is survived by her mother and stepfather Catherine and Chris Remaley, her father Douglas, her siblings Rosalie, Amanda and Joseph, her grandmother, as well as several of her cousins and many beloved friends. Teresa will always be remembered for her warm smile, open arms and love that she showered.

Katherine Michelle Laubach passed away on March 30th, 2011. Katie’s death was the result of adrunk driving accident. She was born on July 7th, 1994. Katie was a 16 year-old junior at RHS. She enjoyed acting, modeling and singing. She was enrolled in Rockville’s TV productions class. She was always caught with a smile on her face and tried to always be happy no matter what. Katie was a generous, caring, loving and sassy girl. She always kept her head up and lived her life. She loved spending time with her family, friends and her dog Cooper. Her dreams were finish high school and attend college. She began to take the advice of others and realize that her education was very important. She attended church every week and God was her role model. Katie is survived by her parents Bonnie and Craig, brothers Christopher and Stephen, boyfriend Gabriel and best friends Elizabeth Gomez, JhoselinneViscarra and Maria Pereira.

Lindsay Junkins was killed today March 30th in an alcohol related crash driving to school. She was 31 and a teacher at Rockville High School. She taught mathematics at Rockville High school for six years and previously taught for two years at McDonough High School in Pomfret, MD. She was the Junior Class Sponsor for Rockville High School as well as a National Board certified teacher. She is survived by her parents, two brothers, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held later this week. She will be dearly missed.

One Response to “Every 15 Minutes Student Obituaries”

  1. Jay on December 18th, 2019 10:05 pm

    I think that it is horrible that all of these people had to go through such a horrid death…I mean people ( teens) shouldn’t be drinking and driving! That is what an age limit is for, you have to be twenty one and older in order to drink because you are a little bit more mature and what teens, like I am myself need to understand, is that you shouldn’t snoop through your mom or dads alcohol cabinet and invite friends over to drink it with you and to play beer pong. If you are in school and you are in 9th through 12th grade, use your head. Know that you kill people when you drink and drive, if you know you can’t drink then just don’t drink. I watch these every15minute videos and I take them to heart. Any parent who has to deal with a Childs death shouldn’t have to.Its just sad that people think that drinking or texting while driving is okay. It is not okay. That is what kills people.

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