By Linda Titel
An accident took the life of a Shiocton student on Tuesday morning, Jan. 15.
Haley Apple, 17 of Black Creek was heading south on Thede Road when she lost control of her vehicle due to icy conditions.
Apple entered a ditch and then struck a tree according to the Outagamie County, Wisconsin, Motor Vehicle Crash Report.
All after-school activities were canceled on Tuesday and finals that were scheduled for Wednesday were postponed until a later date.
Proceeds from the 50/50 post-prom raffle at the high school girls’ basketball on Friday, Jan. 18 were donated to the Apple family.
That night was declared camouflage night in Haley’s honor. Many students, parents, citizens and teachers showed up in camouflage for the basketball game.
Shiocton School District Superintendent Nichole Schweitzer said, “On behalf of the School District of Shiocton, I want to thank the many volunteers from Outagamie County’s Victim Crisis Response team who, alongside our school counselors, spent many hours supporting our students and staff as they worked through their grief.
“Haley was a vibrant, full-of-life young lady, and she will be missed.
“Grief does not discriminate and often washes over us when we are least expecting it. To that end, we will continue to have staff available at school to support our students and staff in coping with the loss. Members of the larger community, including the responding EMTs and firefighters, are encouraged to reach out if we can be of assistance to them. Together, as one, we will shoulder the adversity as we seek to celebrate the many ways in which Haley touched our lives.”