Many at Clay County High School continue to grieve after the loss of two students in separate accidents in the span of two weeks. But students say the deaths of 16 year old Trenton Thompson and 17 year old Francheska Smith have only brought them closer.
Classes are still in session at Clay County High School, the hallways still bustling with traffic, but some seats remain empty now after two students' deaths in the span of only two weeks.
"Unfortunately at Clay County High School, we've had this happen to us several times in the past several years and it's very trying on students and staff alike," Clay County High School Principal Michael J. White said.
Friends described 16 year old Trenton "Guppy" Thompson as a very likable freshman, the center of attention, making others laugh, a funny friend with a funny nickname.
"It's a nickname they gave him, said he looked like a guppy fish," Danielle Fox said.
"We just keep talking about him, talking about everything. Not one story's not funny about him. Every story is hilarious," said Tasha Rawlings.
Police say Thompson's ATV and a car collided October 29th. In the same town another car accident claimed 17 year old senior Francheska Smith on Tuesday.
"She said we'll never know until it happens to one of us, and it's kind of ironic it happened to her," said Alex Lawson.
Friends called her "Frankie" and say she was a great student, with one amazing smile.
"Even if she was sick, mad, she always had a smile on her face. She was one of the most amazing people you would ever meet in your life," Ida Bowling said.
So life goes on at Clay County High School, just without two very important lives.
Teachers say a scholarship fund for Trenton "Guppy" Thompson has been set up at Clay County High School. Meanwhile, friends say the funeral for Francheska Smith will be Friday at 1pm.