Pelican Rapids High School Counselor
I have been Jessica’s school counselor for the past 4 years. In addition, I had the privilege of serving as her Sunday School teacher at Faith Lutheran Church. Jessica’s quiet faith seemed beautiful to me. Her confirmation class is already missing her.
In all the time I have known Jessica, I have never, ever seen her without a smile. She was always happy. She definitely falls into the “Great Kid” category. An A student and a flute player don’t begin to describe this young woman. Jessica was an ideal student for her teachers—engaged, conscientious, attentive and intelligent. I do not believe that she ever got into trouble in school.
Jessica had a special way of peeking up at people out of the corner of her eye when they were talking and then she would smile at them. We knew she was paying attention; we knew she was “with” us. She was quiet, caring and undemanding. Her many friends in school will miss her always.
Jessica also loved her family and was close to them. Her father told me that her little brother has just lost his best friend. She was also close to her older sister as well as favorite auntie to favorite niece & Godchild, Mariah. In addition, Jessica loved to spend time with her grandparents; she spent almost every weekend with them. Kim, her father, told me that if you wanted to buy a daughter like Jessica, you just wouldn’t be able to; you could never afford her—that’s how good she was.
It goes without saying that the lives of Kim, Stacy, Brooke, Jordan and Mariah will never be the same and neither will ours. Kim said that Jessica has always been their little angel and now always will be. He said that yesterday she sprouted wings.
Sunday, April 6, 2008