Mohawk junior remembered as always smiling

Heather Raypole

SYCAMORE — A Mohawk High School junior who lost her life in an accident Sunday was remembered Monday as a kind and personable teenager who always was smiling.

Heather J. Raypole, 17, of Sycamore, died after an accident on CH 330 in Wyandot County’s Eden Township Sunday afternoon.

“Please keep Heather’s family, extended family and countless friends in your thoughts and prayers,” information from Chip Dietrich, Mohawk’s athletic director, states.

Raypole was a junior at Mohawk and in Sentinel Career and Technology Center’s health careers program. At Mohawk, she was on the softball team, was a member of the French club and had been a majorette for the marching band as a freshman and sophomore.

Principal Mark Vehre said Raypole was kind, personable and a well-liked young lady who got along with everyone.

A weather-related delay gave officials an opportunity to prepare, and they started the day with a staff meeting, Vehre said.

The school, he said, had a lot of support.

Officials from North Central Ohio Educational Service Center and Wynford and Upper Sandusky schools reached out.

Personnel from Carey, New Riegel and Tiffin schools and Wyandot Counseling Associates and a school psychologist were on site, along with a therapy dog from Tiffin City Schools and Mohawk’s therapy dog in training.

Students needing some additional support could visit the library, where some officials were stationed. Coverage was provided for staff members if they needed to leave the classroom, Vehre said.

Greg Edinger, superintendent of Vanguard-Sentinel Career and Technology Centers, said Raypole had perfect attendance. She always had a smile, was friendly and positive, and was a kind-hearted person, he said.

Raypole’s goal was to work in the medical field, Edinger said.

Officials’ thoughts and prayers go out to the family, he said.

Several athletic events have been adjusted at Mohawk.

Tonight’s junior varsity and varsity girls basketball games against Buckeye Central have been postponed, and the make-up date is to be determined. Also, junior high girls basketball players are traveling to Seneca East for contests at 5 p.m. today.

“Mohawk greatly appreciates the support and cooperation we have received from the N10 schools,” according to information from Dietrich.