WOOSTER — The Wooster City School District is in mourning following the death of Alexis Coleman, a junior at Wooster High School.
Coleman died Monday after an unexpected illness, the district posted Tuesday on its Facebook page. She was set to start her first year at the Wayne County Schools Career Center.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the unfortunate passing of Alexis Coleman,” the post read. “Our thoughts are with her family and friends as they deal with this difficult tragedy.”
Coleman has two younger siblings, one at Edgewood Middle School and one at the high school, and Superintendent Michael Tefs, who met with the family, said the entire district will put its focus on helping the family through this tragedy.
“As part of the Wooster Way, they are now our No. 1 concentration point. The entire school district will do everything to lift up this family,” Tefs said.
Coleman was a member of the Wooster High School band and Wooster girls bowling team. Her coach Tracie Leiendecker called her the “spirited life” of the team and was left “speechless and empty” when she learned the news.
“All the girls have come together,” Leiendecker said of Coleman’s teammates. “We’ll do the best we can to get through.”
When Coleman missed eligibility her freshman year, she kept in contact with Leiendecker to keep her apprised of her progress in school so she could join the team her sophomore year.
“She was the energy of the team. She worked hard to be on the lanes. She supported everyone,” Leiendecker said. “I know how excited she was for this year. She had great expectations.”
The bowling team also has organized a meal chain for Coleman’s family.
Wooster Schools will provide counselors and mental health professionals for all students and staff who need to speak with someone. The district also encouraged all parents to speak with their children about “this unfortunate occurrence and remind them to reach out to a parent, guardian or trusted adult in this time of grief.”
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