Northwest High School lost a member of its senior class yesterday.
It was announced at school and through an email to Northwest families from Principal Jimmy D’Andrea that 17-year-old senior Nigel Hendrickson had died Thursday evening Jan. 12.
“For those of you who knew Nigel, we ask that you remember and celebrate what a great individual he was and the impact he had on those around him,” read the letter sent home to parents. “He was a very hard-working student who had a positive energy about him that permeated all of his interactions with others. Nigel will be greatly missed.”
According to D’Andrea, Hendrickson had been at Northwest for about two-and-half years. “He had outstanding grades in very challenging classes,” D’Andrea told Germantown Pulse. “He was a very artistically talented and wonder person all around.”
The letter from the school said that a support team of counselors would be at the school on Friday to provide counseling and support for students. “Students can leave class to come to the counseling office at any point throughout the day, and in the coming days, if they feel the need,” said the letter.
In his morning announcements at school, D’Andrea asked Northwest students to be mindful of the people around them and what they are feeling at any given moment. “Everyone responds differently in these types of situations, so it is important that we are respectful of one another’s feelings and support one another,” said D’Andrea. “A smile, a word of encouragement, or just listening can make a tremendous difference.”
The details of Hendricks death were not discussed in the letter. Montgomery County Police confirmed that they were investigating the death, but it is policy of MCPD not to comment on death investigations until findings from the medical examiner are complete, said MCPD spokesperson Rebecca Innocenti.
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