A high school student gone before her 16th birthday, Cynthia Phillipson suddenly passed away exactly one year ago.
They call Phillipson, her little sister, Veronica’s “angel.”
“I like wearing purple. I like doing things that she liked, and talking about fun memories with her,” Veronica said.
Also, Angel of the ’18s, the year she would have graduated from Steubenville Catholic Central High School. Cynthia, as well as all other Crusaders who were lost in the past year, were remembered this All Souls Day.
Cynthia tragically passed away one year ago after collapsing at basketball practice. Her family and friends remember her every day.
“When people speak about her (Cynthia), (they) speak about her smile and her personality and how friendly she was with everyone. And all the things she participated in, but really the way she lit up a room with her smile and friendship to others,” said her father Todd Phillipson.
Mass was held in her honor, and a one-of-a-kind helium balloon rosary was sent into the sky during their prayers Monday morning. CCHS principal Rich Wilinski says students remain strong and honor Cynthia’s memory.
Wilinski added, “These young people are very, very resilient. They of course grieve and mourn for the loss of their friend, but they’re coping very, very positively with it over the past year.”
“It’s nice to be following in her footsteps and dancing just like she was with a big smile and having fun representing our school,” Veronica Phillipson said.
Cynthia’s parents thank the community for their support over the past year. They have raised thousands of dollars in her memorial scholarship and will continue to do so.