Saturday, February 2, 2008

From Michelle (McNelis) Sell

The first time I saw Ken was in the old CR Junior High. I remember thinking, "Somebody needs to tell that kid in the glasses that TAG (Talented and Gifted) students don't wear AC/DC shirts!" But that was Ken in my eyes...always the exception.

I knew Ken through TAG and through school. Like everyone else, I was always captivated by his personality. He was funny, but not mean. He was smart,but not geeky. He was athletic, but not conceited. What football player writes poetry? What popular student befriends theVietnamese kid who can't speak English? His close friends were from not only the elite of academics and athletics, but from every rung of that delicate social ladder in middle and high school. He seemed to fit in everywhere which is a rare quality not only in school, but in life.

No one who graduated in '86 can think back on his or her high school experience without including Ken's goofy laugh and inescapable charm. Back then, everyone looked forward to the classes you had with him, and now we all look forward to the chance to talk to someone who knew him to smile and reminisce about his antics. He continues to be missed.

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