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04/26/04 - Near Arp

Junior High Student Killed In Car Crash

Sarah Harvey, an 8th grader at Arp Junior High School, died Monday morning in a two-car collision on her way to school.

The accident happened in Smith County just North of Arp, at the intersection of county roads 246 and 223.

Sarah's mother, younger sister and three others travelling in the second car were injured.
She served as mascot at Arp Junior High School.

Tiffany Shepperd, Cheerleading Sponsor at the school will remember Sarah for her energy and love of her school, "She was perfect as our mascot," Tiffany said. "She could have been mascot outside of her suit, it didn't matter what she was wearing. She was the embodiment of spirit in our school."

Teachers were told of Sarah's death and faced a difficult task. "I was having class first period and a teacher's aide came by and told me," said Glenna Marshall, an 8th grade history teacher. "Then they told me not to tell the kids right away and it was really hard to continue."

Students were gathered and informed of the student's death. "After first period, they had the 8th graders in the gym," says Whitney Romo, an 8th grade student. "We were wondering where she was at first, but then they said one of our loved ones had passed and then they said it was Sarah and I didn't want to believe it."

Sarah served as mascot for two years at the junior high school. She had already tried out and was chosen to be the high school's mascot next year. Her locker became a memorial today, reflecting the spirit of a much admired young girl.

"When I think about live wire, I think about Sarah and that's what she was," says Glenna Marshall. "She was a live wire, the life of the party. She was a friend to everybody and it's hard to think that she won't be here tomorrow."

Students were allowed to leave class or go home for the day. Classes will continue tomorrow. Arp students were scheduled to take the TAKS test tomorrow, but the test is postponed until next week.

Story by Maya Golden, mgolden@kltv.com

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