University of Mount Union freshman Sydney Kleptach, age 18, passed away this evening (Monday, Sept. 10) as a result of a car accident on Sunday.
The native of North Canton, Ohio and GlenOak High School graduate was a goalkeeper on the Purple Raider women's soccer team, a Biology and French major and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
"We are very saddened by the sudden loss of freshman Sydney Kleptach, a beloved member of the Mount Union family. As our students, faculty, administrators and staff grieve, we are focusing our attention on offering support to the Kleptach family and members of our campus community. Pastoral and grief counseling will be made available to those who seek it as our community grieves and heals," in a statement from the University.
She was the president of GlenOak High School National Honor Society, lettered twice in soccer and earned four academic letters, and served as a student ambassador and board of education representative. She also earned several academic and athletic awards. And logged more than 900 hours of community service while in high school.
Kelptach didn't limit her friendships to fellow athletes, musicians or NHS members, she reached out to everyone, said Plain Local Superintendent Brent May.
"She will be remembered as someone who touched the lives of many. Hopefully, we can learn from her as we move forward," May said. "Everybody has value, and she demonstrated that all the time. No matter who you are or where you live or how much money your family makes, everybody has value. That's the message, hopefully in her memory, (Plain Local) can carry forward."