School Memorials Help Friends Deal with Sisters' Deaths
Hart, Christie, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Christie Hart Daily Herald Staff Writer
Friends are forever.
Jefferson Junior High School students with teary eyes and brave smiles repeated the refrain Wednesday as they paid tribute to Nicca and Krista Boley, two friends the students lost last summer in a car crash.
"I think we can all imagine they're looking down on this gathering with those great big smiles of theirs," guidance counselor Paula Pennock said as Naperville students released a rainbow of balloons. "You live in our hearts because friends are forever."
Nicca and Krista died along with their parents, Jack and Linda Boley, as the family was starting a summer vacation in Idaho. Since then, many students have been coping with their grief by planning permanent memorials to the girls.
Nicca, 13, would have been a freshman this year at Naperville North High School, where she already had made the cheerleading squad. Krista, 12, would have been a seventh-grader at Jefferson.
The girls' classmates at both North and Jefferson planned the memorials, which were dedicated Wednesday.
Outside Jefferson, at the intersection of Washington Street and Bauer Road, students had planted a tree and plan to have a dedication plaque set into a stone near the tree. …