Classmates to give ring of remembrance to family


The family of Nita Milak, the John Carroll student who died after being found unconscious on a remote stretch of road near Level in November, will receive a school ring from her classmates.

No one has been charged in the 16-year-old's death, which police call suspicious.

Plans for a private ceremony to make the presentation remain indefinite, said Eddie Park, president of the junior class of 1994 at John Carroll, Harford County's only Catholic high school.

Principal Robert Garbacik and a few of Nita's classmates are expected to make the presentation to her family.

The design of the gold and black onyx school ring has long held significance for John Carroll students, because its nontraditional setting -- roughly the shape of a diamond with the bottom left open -- is patterned after the architectural design of the school's chapel.

The Milak family had been invited by the class to the March 19 junior ring assembly at the school but declined the invitation.

"I'm sure they just felt it would be too painful," said Eddie, adding that Nita's classmates voted in December to pay off the balance on the ring she had ordered.

The class president said many of Nita's close friends had come to him, suggesting that something be done in Nita's memory for her family.

"A lot of her friends mentioned how excited she had been when she ordered the ring," Eddie said. "Everyone seemed to like the ** idea" of presenting a ring to her family."

Nita's classmates donated more than enough money to pay off the ring, and the remainder was given to the Nita Milak Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by contributions from staff members at Harford Memorial Hospital, where her father, Dr. Surendra K. Milak, is chief of emergency services; the Harford Medical Association; school alumni; and friends of the 11th-grader.

The scholarship fund will provide tuition assistance for students who otherwise might not be able to attend John Carroll, said school spokes

woman Jane Dubois. Details on how the scholarships will be administered have not been set, she said.

The investigation into Nita's death has "no new developments," said Jay E. Robinson, deputy state's attorney for Harford.

Police initially listed the teen-ager's death as a fatal accident involving a motor vehicle after she was found face down in the 3900 block of Wilkinson Road on Nov. 25. Her 1990 Jeep Wagoneer was backed into a tree about 60 feet away.

Nita was found unconscious with severe head injuries shortly after 5 p.m. by a neighborhood resident. She never regained consciousness and died at 7:43 p.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

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