Belfry High School Student Killed In Accident

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

It's a story you've heard here in the mountains several times this year, another Eastern Kentucky high school student dead after a car accident.

Paige Dennis died in a car accident Friday. Sunday, students and teachers gathered at school to pray, grieve together, and remember their friend. But Monday was their first day back in classes without Paige and it was rough for them without her.

"She was a beautiful person and a beautiful soul, and had one of those smiles that could light up any room," said Paige's Friend Tiffany Blankenship.

Now 16 year old Paige Dennis' friends have traded smiles for tears.

"She just had so many friends because she was one of those people," Blankenship said.

Paige's friends last saw her leaving school on Friday. She was in a car with her boyfriend, 17 year old Ethan Bolin. Police say he crossed the center line on Route 319 and hit another car head on, killing Paige.

"He feels really bad now," said Belfry Vice Principal John Hunt.

In their grief, Belfry students and teachers are trying to remember the good times with Paige. They turned a hallway bulletin board into a memorial posting their favorite pictures and writing notes. They even spent the weekend creating a book of memories for Paige's mom.

"You can't think about Paige if you don't think about her smile. She touched all of our lives with that and she was just a precious treasure to have," said Paige's Teacher Barbara Mickey.

"Part of us is gone. She will be missed. We'll never quite be the same as we were before," Hunt said.

Friend Tiffany Blankenship says she and Paige were planning to make funny faces in pictures at prom this year, pictures now that won't get made.

"You can't replace somebody like her, you just can't," Blankenship said.

Now through tears, friends and teachers say they'll never forget the person who used to make them smile.

Paige Dennis' funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 pm at Belfry High School. The doors will open around 1:00. Principals say there will be no school at Belfry High School Tuesday.

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