Student Killed In Accident

    6:48 PM, Feb 3, 2006   |    comments
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    The students and faculty of Central High School are in shock, trying to cope with the tragic death of a much-loved senior. The Class of 2006 at Central High was looking forward to graduating in the spring and starting a new chapter of their lives. Now, they're dealing with the sudden loss of a classmate. Kelsey Gadberry, 18, was killed in a car accident in North Little Rock. It happened at about 7:30 Thursday night. You might recognize Kelsey Gadberry from a commercial for the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. She's the spokesperson in the spot representing the ideal student. And it wasn't just an act. Friend Chad Berry says, "Yeah, she pretty much was the ideal American girl." Kelsey was cheerleader captain with plans to graduate as an honor student from Central High, plus she was crowned homecoming queen. The news of Kelsey's death came as a horrible shock late Thursday night. She was traveling south on Highway 165 when police say she drove into a ditch, collided with an embankment and flipped over. Kathryn Gadberry says, "She was my best friend and we were so close and we did everything together." Kathryn is Kelsey's 14-year-old sister. She says this all seems to be a bad dream. She says, "We had so much fun together and the age difference didn't really matter; it was like I'm a freshman and she's a senior, but it really didn't matter." Kathryn says her sister was a fun loving, people pleaser who reached out to everyone. Central High Principal Nancy Rousseau says, "But her loss will be felt across this whole school." And not just at Central High, says Rousseau. She says counselors have seen students from all over central Arkansas on Friday. For example, Kim Barringer goes to Parkview, but had been friends with Kelsey since kindergarten. She says, "She made me such a good person. she was just so outgoing it made me a better person. I didn't know anyone who didn't like Kelsey Gadberry." Most of all, Chad Berry says he'll miss Kelsey's smile. He says, "It's comforting to know that where she is now, her smile is a million times brighter and she'll always be smiling no matter what because she's in a lot better place than here." We're told that literally hundreds of supporters have rallied around the Gadberry family. Kelsey was considering the University of Arkansas for college. Her friends say she probably would've had a career dealing with people and sports; two things she loved the most. Friday night's Central game has been canceled. Kelsey Gadberry's funeral will take place at St. James United Methodist on Monday morning. A memorial scholarship has been set up in her name.

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