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High School Loses Leader, Friend

Cassandra Tripp was Oceanside High School sophomore class president



    High School Loses Leader, Friend
    Courtesy of the North County Times
    Students have set up a memorial for Tripp with belongings her family left at the school, mementos and fresh flowers.

    Students at Oceanside High School this week are mourning a popular student who died over the weekend due to complications caused by juvenile diabetes, according to a published report.

    Cassandra Tripp, 15, was taken by paramedics from her home to Tri-City Medical Center on Saturday and then to Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, where she lapsed into a diabetic coma and died shortly after, Oceanside High School assistant principal Jessica Poumele told the North County Times on Tuesday.

    Staff at the school said Tripp -- who was sophomore class president, a yearbook staff member and a cheerleader -- was an energetic, involved student who never let diabetes hold her back.

    "She was completely involved in the school," said Brad Hollingsworth, an English teacher and yearbook adviser at the campus, told the paper. "She was just one of those kids who wasn't going to let something that would debilitate others stand in her way. Whatever she was going to do she was going to do 100 percent."

    Tripp's visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Eternal Hills Memorial Park, 1999 S. El Camino Real. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Eternal Hills Memorial Park. A memorial fund has been set up with the Oceanside High School Foundation.