Girls tennis varsity team plays in memory of Denise Schmidt


Girls tennis varsity team plays in memory of Denise Schmidt

September 10, 2019
Student ties ribbon in peers' hair

Samantha Killin ties a green ribbon in her teammates’ ponytail.

The Warwick Valley High School girls varsity tennis team found meaning beyond the scoreboard in a 6-1 win against Cornwall on Monday, Sept. 9.

The match was played in honor of Denise Schmidt, a beloved member of the Warwick Valley Central School District transportation staff, who passed away this past weekend.

Mrs. Schmidt was a bus driver for the Warwick Valley transportation department for 12 years. 

Close up of a students pony tail

Members of the girls’ tennis team wore green ribbons in their hair in honor of Denise Schmidt.

In a decision made with the support of Mrs. Schmidt’s family, the Wildcats played Monday’s game with the intent to honor her memory following a bus incident on Sept. 6 where team members and the coach were not injured.

“When the right words are difficult to find, a simple gesture can provide comfort and meaning in the midst of great loss,” Superintendent Dr. David Leach said.

Tennis team huddle

Chloe Hazard encourages her teammates to reflect on what matters during a huddle.

“In that spirit, our girls tennis team decided to wear green ribbons to honor Mrs. Schmidt’s memory. We join them in their tribute and gratitude for Mrs. Schmidt’s contributions to our school district, our students and the greater community.” 

Close up of two tennis rackets with green ribbon

Denise Schmidt, a beloved member of our transportation staff, was also a realtor for Green Team Realty.

In a pre-match huddle filled with reflection and gratitude, the team made a promise to each other to appreciate the little things, cherish their memories and be kind to each other always.

“This is a reminder for us to reflect on what’s really important to us,” senior Chloe Hazard said in her address to the group. 

Sophomore Samantha Killin added, “With this in mind, let’s try to play our best season.”


student playing tennis



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