Sentinel, H-L deal with death of student

The buildings of Hopewell-Loudon Schools and Sentinel Career and Technology Center were in a somber mood Friday due to the unexpected death of a loved student.

Cameron Joseph St. Clair, 17, of Fostoria, died Thursday at Toledo Children’s Hospital. He was a senior at Hopewell-Loudon and was a former member of the marching band. He also was involved in the Public Safety program at Sentinel.

The band honored Cameron at the football game Friday by dedicating their performance to him and playing his favorite music.

Hopewell-Loudon had a team of counselors on hand for the day, Superintendent Nichole Jiran said. She also said students who attended Sentinel had the option to stay at Hopewell-Loudon with their friends.

According to Sentinel Director Elissa Heal, a team of counselors were on hand Friday, and the instructors also were available for students to help cope with their emotions.

George Byington, Public Safety instructor at Sentinel, worked closely with his students, conducting an open discussion for the students to express their thoughts and to talk and reflect about Cameron.

“He was had a positive attitude and would always try to make people laugh,” Byington said.

Cameron had aspired to be a highway patrol officer like his father, Byington said. With the somber mood, Byington said he and the students managed to have smiles remembering Cameron.

“He will be missed by everyone, including me,” he said.

Jiran said some students did take advantage of the counseling services to work through their emotions.

A memory board was also put in the hallway at Hopewell-Loudon for students to write down and share their memories of Cameron, in addition to writing messages to the family.

“It is hard to lose anyone, especially a student,” Jiran said. “The hardest part of today was seeing the kids with pain on their faces. It is just heartwrenching.”

Cameron was also a varsity letter winner in football and threw discus and shot for the track and field team, according to his obituary.