Enloe graduation to recognize student who died
Posted May 15
Raleigh, N.C. — Wake County school officials have softened their stance on memorializing students, allowing Enloe High School to recognize during its graduation ceremony next month a student who died last fall.
Rachel Rosoff was shocked by an electrical current and then drowned in the swimming pool at the Heritage Point neighborhood, where she worked as as a lifeguard.
Rosoff, 17, would have graduated with her Enloe High classmates on June 14, and her family and friends wanted some sort of acknowledgement of her during the ceremony. When they learned that school policy prevented that, they started an online petition to press the issue.
Within two weeks, more than 13,000 people had signed on, demanding the school honor Rosoff during graduation.
"Her family wanted her to be honored, so I feel like that's the least the school could do," said senior Solomon Thuo.
Influence by the tide of student support, officials said Monday that they would allow Rosoff to be recognized during Enloe High's graduation.
At the ceremony, a vase will sit on the stage, with a rose and ribbon for Rosoff. The ceremony will include a moment of silence, and the program will include her name. The valedictorian has been given special permission to mention her in his speech if he chooses.
"We appreciate the willingness of Rachel Rosoff's family to resolve the question of Rachel's recognition during a painful and difficult time for all who knew her. We would also like to thank Enloe Principal Will Chavis for his quiet and persistent efforts to help us reach an agreement," district spokeswoman Lisa Luten said in a statement.
Michelle Rosoff thanked Enloe High and the school district for "recognizing the importance of having our daughter recognized at what would be her graduation."