Polk Co. HS holds remembrance ceremony for teen killed in crash

POLK CO., NC (WSPA) - The Polk County High School community remembered one of their own during a remembrance ceremony Wednesday night.

Rising senior Markell Lipscomb was killed when the car he was riding in struck a tree Friday.

A makeshift memorial marks the spot of the crash and shows just how much people cared for him.

"I do believe, in a school our size...we're just over 600 students total...If you didn't know Markell well, you knew of Markell," said Polk County High School Principal Dr. Brandon Schweitzer. "And that's really, really difficult from a kid anywhere from age 14 to 18 years old to process knowing that that person is gone."

Markell was laid to rest Wednesday morning, but the school community is still coming to terms with the fact that he's gone.

To help students cope, the administration held a private remembrance ceremony for the entire student body Wednesday evening. 

"It was done as a means of providing an outlet for our students who are suffering right now, grieving the loss of a Wolverine family member," Schweitzer said.

Professional help was provided for students at the ceremony.

"Some of the things we're doing is that we do have counselors on site tonight, and we're bring in extras to work through that process," says Schweitzer.

Schweitzer says it's especially difficult having this happen during the summer, but he hopes the ceremony will help students remember that they are all part of the Wolverine family.

"We're in a tough spot right now, as a community this is a difficult thing. But one thing we can preach top to bottom in this community is that we are a family, a Wolverine family...that we stand together and united," he said. 

Anyone who wishes to help Markell Lipscomb's family with the costs of his services can click here to donate to the GoFundMe page.

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