Wake County Schools

Enloe graduation to recognize student who died

Posted May 15

— 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."


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  • Kelly Paris May 16, 11:07 a.m.
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    For what reason does the public school system in Wake not want to memorialize students who pass away while attending the school?

  • Lee Sparrow May 16, 8:39 a.m.
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    Thanks WRAL for changing the wording. Shows you guys listen to your followers.

  • Ginny Pospisil May 15, 6:31 p.m.
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    Her life was cut short, she was going to graduate, thank you, WCPSS for acknowledging she existed......smh, shouldn't have been an issue to begin with.

  • Jj Parker May 15, 5:47 p.m.
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    Glad they will be doing this.

    As for WRAL's headline? SMH

  • Sara Hauser May 15, 4:43 p.m.
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    Agree with you Douglas!! It sounds so crass and cold. Surely another adjective is available.

  • Douglas Roberts May 15, 4:31 p.m.
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    the heading is demeaning in my opinion. Why can't your writers do a better job? They want to honor her obviously.

  • Tim Orr May 15, 4:02 p.m.
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    Ya know....for y'all to have such a liberal position on politics you sure lack a PC style of writing. Personally I am surprised this is news. We memorialized one of our fellow HS students back in 1976. Why would it be any different now? Those students are part of the history of that class and the memory should be preserved without question. Sometimes school officials need a slap up side the head!

  • Jim Dunn May 15, 2:59 p.m.
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    Writer has limited vocabulary.

  • Lee Sparrow May 15, 2:08 p.m.
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    That's kind of a blunt headline WRAL.

  • Jewel Lee May 15, 1:56 p.m.
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    "Deceased" .. Enloe High to recognize Deceased Student at graduation, would sound much more classy WRAL.. Y'all make it sound as if there's going to be a corpse at the graduation ceremony.