The Warwick Valley High School girls’ varsity tennis team found meaning beyond the scoreboard in a 6-1 win against Cornwall on Mon., Sept. 9.
The match was played in honor of Denise Schmidt, a member of the Warwick Valley Central School District transportation staff, who passed away this past weekend.
Schmidt was a bus driver for the Warwick Valley transportation department for 12 years.
In a decision made with the support of Schmidt’s family, the Wildcats played Monday’s game with the intent to honor her memory following a bus incident on Fri., Sept. 6 in which team members and the coach were not injured.
“When the right words are difficult to find, a simple gesture can provide comfort and meaning in the midst of great loss,” Superintendent Dr. David Leach said. “In that spirit, our girls’ tennis team decided to wear green ribbons to honor Mrs. Schmidt’s memory. We join them in their tribute and gratitude for Mrs. Schmidt’s contributions to our school district, our students and the greater community.”
In a pre-match huddle, the team made a promise to each other to appreciate the little things, cherish their memories and be kind to each other always.
“This is a reminder for us to reflect on what’s really important to us,” senior Chloe Hazard said to the group.
Sophomore Samantha Killin added: “With this in mind, let’s try to play our best season.”