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Lilliana Schalck, an eight-grade student at Highlands Middle School, died last night in Columbus, Ohio.
The 13-year old was on the trip with her cheerleading team, Premier Athletics of NKY, when she began to complain that she was not feeling well.
She was taken to a local hospital where her health deteriorated suddenly. A cause of death has not been confirmed at this time.
The Fort Thomas Independent School District sent a message to parents to confirm the news and to let students know of resources available should they need grief counseling. A vigil is planned for 6:00 p.m. at the Highlands Middle School gym.
Schalck was a talented cheerleader, making the Highlands Varsity co-ed team as an eighth-grader.
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Message from Superintendent, Dr. Karen Cheser, is below:
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is with such sadness that I inform you that we have lost an eighth-grade student. Lilliana Schalck passed away suddenly yesterday. She is beloved by so many and we know our students will need help through the grieving process. Tonight, from 6:00-7:00, we will have a time for students to come together in the Highlands Middle School gym, to hold a vigil, and to get any support they need from our counseling team. School counselors will be available this week at school for any students needing to talk with someone, as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if your child needs additional support.