Wednesday, June 19, 2013
South High Remembers Student Killed in Tragic Plane Crash
It’s been one year since Corey Tindall died in a plane crash that also killed former U.S Sen. Ted Stevens and two others. Now, her family and high school are making sure her legacy lives on.
A year after she died in the tragic plane crash that also killed former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, the family of Corey Tindall and her high school are determined to make certain that her legacy lives on.
South High School students and staff, and Corey’s loved ones are making sure her passion for debate can help others reach their dreams.
“She was very special—exceptional,” said John Tindall, Corey’s father. “And these debate kids as I learned are exceptional kids.”
Shawn Briscoe, head coach of the South High School debate team, remembers Corey as a focused competitor who would often make wisecracks if things ever got too serious.
She was a daughter, a jokester, and a teammate who is missed every single day.
“The students are still having a hard time with it,” said Briscoe. “I haven't had a day since it happened that I haven't thought about her.”
Now, a year after her death, those who loved her are dedicated to celebrating her life in the form of a fund that will allow the debate team students to travel, compete and go to college.
The fund has raised $75,000 so far.
“The anniversary was very difficult to go through, but part of the reason for setting up the Corey Fund was keeping her memory alive,” said Tindall.
A group of Corey’s friends who are active within the school community wanted to commemorate her life with a memorial on campus, explained Kersten Johnson-Struempler, principal at South High School, which will be unveiled later this week.
The Corey Tindall Memorial Speech and Debate Fund will give out $25,000 in scholarships every year.