Students, family and friends came together to hold a “Remembrance Celebration” for three Knott County girls who unexpectedly died just a few months ago. Hundreds came to participate.
Students at Alice Lloyd College, which has an enrollment of just over 600 students, came together to remember Kassie Robinson, Miranda Morgan and Tiffany Maggard.
“When you take them all together, they really had an impact on the campus as a whole,” said Director of Marketing Communications Natalie Gibson, who said she worked with one of the girls in her office and knew another as they grew up.
“They were like the welcoming committee, they would talk to people they didn't know they wouldn't pass anybody without throwing up a hand and saying hi, smiling,” said Student Government Association President Conrad Douglas.
May 25 is a date that students at ALC will not forget, but they held a memorial to remember.
“It is supposed to be uplifting, tonight is about celebrating their lives, the lives of the girls, not to mourn them, everyone is still mourning their loss, but tonight is about celebrating their lives, what they meant to their families, their friends, the community the school,” said Douglas.
Classmates said that all of the girls have left footprints in the hearts of those who walk on Purpose Road. With such a small student body, the names are familiar to everyone, and will become familiar to the new faces who walk the streets of ALC.
“It is a close knit community, everyone knows everyone here, generally everyone is close and when you lose one person it impacts everybody,” said Douglas.
“They were very involved in the campus, in the community, just very vibrant happy people that made people smile when they were around them,” said Dean of Students Scott Cornett.
A place where those come together to make memories, the student lounge, will now be named in their memory.
“So they will always be a part of the campus and i think that is a wonderful way of honoring their memory,” said Gibson.
The celebration of life was held at the Estelle Campbell Center for the Arts and was followed by a balloon release.