Kalkaska High School mourns student death

The flag outside Kalkaska High School flew at half-staff Wednesday, remembering sophomore Seth Chopp. Chopp died in a car crash Tuesday afternoon.


The staff and students at Kalkaska High School remembered Seth Chopp today. Chopp, 16, was a sophomore at Kalkaska before the car he and a passenger were in struck a garbage truck head-on, killing him.

Counselors were present at the school Wednesday to not only aid students, but also the staff that taught Chopp.

"Every kid in this building has left a mark and leaves their mark every day, so we will never get over that loss or absence," said Kalkaska High School Principal Chuck Sorentino. "But we will adapt. We will go on in a very sensitive and compassionate way, but we will never forget. We will always remember, and appreciate our lives more on a daily basis."

Chopp was a member of the Blue Blazers cross country and track teams. He won the Coach's Award for cross country this past fall.

Members from the Michigan Department of Human Services, Community Mental Health, Third Level Crisis, Teen Health Corner, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District and the Kalkaska Area Ministerial Association were all at KHS to speak with students individually, or in groups, Wednesday.

The 16-year-old passenger, Tori Wieling, remains in critical condition at Munson Medical Center.

Tori was a Kalkaska student before transferring to Mancelona in October and still has siblings in the Kalkaska district.

All after-school activities were cancelled, except for the Blue Blazers state tournament boys basketball game in Reed City, but the high school will remain open to those seeking counseling as needed.

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