Kasandra Knapp remembered by her parents as loving, excited for the future
Kasandra Knapp (December 5, 2012)
Kasandra's life was cut short Sunday, Dec. 2, after a fatal snowboarding accident at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs.
"She was a really caring and loving daughter, friend, sister and co-worker," said Kasandra's father, Steve Knapp.
"She was a really wonderful kid," added her mother, Vicky Cotton. "She was always smiling. She made friends so easily."
The senior at Inland Lakes High School in Indian River had hopes of becoming a pediatric or emergency room nurse and had been accepted into Baker College to begin her higher education next fall.
"She was really excited to go to nursing school," said her father.
She loved her little brothers, James, 13, and Chandler, 2, very much, he said, and was a good big sister.
She was learning to snowboard with two friends from school on the beginner's hill at Boyne Highlands at the time of the accident, said her mother. She was a skier, but wanted to learn something new.
"She tumbled hard, head over heels," said Cotton.
Kasandra was wearing a helmet, she said, but it didn't prevent the closed-head injury, she was told killed her daughter.
"She was a very positive young lady," said Inland Lakes High School principal Don Killingbeck.
Knapp attended school at Inland Lakes, Boyne Falls, East Jordan and Concord Academy Boyne. Students in each of those schools have learned of her death and are dealing with the loss of a classmate and friend.
At Inland Lakes, the school Kasandra attended the past two years and was set to graduate from this spring, staff met on Monday morning, informed all students of the bad news and set up a room with adults to support students in grieving for the death of their fellow teenager.
The school also encouraged students to write notes with memories of Kasandra to place in a shoebox to give to her family.
Kasandra enjoyed her job at Tractor Supply Co. in Petoskey, loved the Detroit Lions -- her favorite player was Matthew Stafford, and liked listening to music, her parents related to the Petoskey News-Review.
Her favorite singer was Bob Seger, said her mother.
Cotton remembers clearly when Kasandra was up at night crying as a baby, she would get up and hold her and play an entire Bob Seger record to get her to fall back asleep.
Last year for Kasandra's 16th birthday, she was able to go see Seger live in concert.
"She was so excited, she was shaking in her seat," said Cotton.
Both parents said they would like to thank everyone in the community for their thoughts and payers and thank Boyne Highlands and the ski patrol for their help.
"I especially want to thank Michael Goode," said Knapp, "He was the first one there to help Kasi."
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