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Absolutely heart wrenching........
OCEANSIDE: O'side High mourns sudden death of sophomore president
Cassandra Tripp was deeply involved in campus, officials say
By CIGI ROSS - email@example.com | Posted: January 5, 2010 3:40 pm | (40) Comments | Print
Students at Oceanside High School this week are mourning a popular student who died over the weekend due to complications caused by juvenile diabetes.
Cassandra Tripp, 15, was taken by paramedics from her home to Tri-City Medical Center on Saturday and then to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego where she lapsed into a diabetic coma and died shortly after, Oceanside High School assistant principal Jessica Poumele said Tuesday.
Staff at the school said Tripp --- who was sophomore class president, a yearbook staff member and a cheerleader ---- was an energetic, involved student who never let diabetes hold her back.
"She was completely involved in the school," said Brad Hollingsworth, an English teacher and yearbook adviser at the campus. "She was just one of those kids who wasn't going to let something that would debilitate others stand in her way. Whatever she was going to do she was going to do 100 percent."
Hollingsworth said he remembered that in freshman English, Tripp had trouble printing an essay "so she brought in her laptop, a USB and I think even a printer. There was not going to be a case where she was unsuccessful."
According to the American Diabetes Association, there are 23.6 million Americans living with diabetes, which occurs when the body has a problem either producing or using insulin, a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy.
Type 1 diabetes is sometimes called juvenile diabetes because it has been the type most common in children, while Type 2 diabetes for years was referred to as adult-onset diabetes.
Genetics, obesity and lack of exercise have been linked to Type 2 diabetes, but its cause still remains a mystery.
Most people with diabetes can treat it and live normal lives, but the disease kills hundreds of thousands each year. In 2005, the most recent year data is available, diabetes contributed to the deaths of 233,619 Americans.
Poumele said she got to know Tripp because her son also has Type 1 diabetes.
"I was always watching out for her with her medical condition," Poumele said. "It's a disease you have to really monitor closely all the time. She wasn't feeling well, but it was really a surprise the way it all happened so quickly. A shock to everyone and a huge loss."
Hollingsworth said students in his classes have set up a memorial for Tripp with belongings her family left at the school, mementos and fresh flowers.
"It will be there for her (because) the kids want to keep her memory alive," he said.
Poumele said counselors were available for students Monday and Tuesday. Tripp's visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Eternal Hills Memorial Park, 1999 S. El Camino Real. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Eternal Hills Memorial Park.
Poumele said a memorial fund has been set up with the Oceanside High School Foundation.
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