"Congratulations on a successful first semester."
Fred M. Prumo, principal of Chesapeake Senior High School in eastern Baltimore County, wrote the note on freshman Kimberly Jo Spacek's first report card from the school.
Spacek, 15, of the 2200 block of Bauernschmidt Drive, a passenger in a pickup truck driven by her boyfriend, was killed Wednesday night in front of the school when a car driven by a man who has been charged with drunken driving collided head-on with the pickup.
Her boyfriend, Steven M. Brady, 17, of the 100 block of N. Marlyn Ave. in Essex, is a senior at Chesapeake.
Yesterday, as custodians swept debris from the accident off the street in front of the school, administrators, teachers and students tried to comprehend the death of one of their own.
Prumo described Spacek, who played clarinet in the school band and was on the volleyball team, as a "beautiful, outgoing young lady" who was an active participant in her classes.
"She was a very popular kid," Prumo said. "This school is very fragile today. . . . A school needs kids like Kimberly. It makes the school better. It's a real loss."
"She was always raising her hand in class . . ." said Mary Lambert, Spacek's algebra teacher. "I'll miss somebody who was so enthusiastic."
Students were subdued and in shock yesterday, Lambert said.
Compounding the normal grief associated with the death of a classmate is that several students at a play rehearsal at the school witnessed the accident.
"A lot of the kids saw," Lambert said.
The impact on the school was so great, said Paul Coyle, head of a crisis intervention team for the Baltimore County school system, that two teams of crisis intervention volunteers were at Chesapeake all day yesterday. Some team members were expected to return, especially for students who witnessed the accident and may need further counseling.
A crisis intervention team also was sent to Deep Creek Middle School, where Spacek went last year before starting at Chesapeake in September, Coyle said.
Prumo further attributed the school's grief to the fact that Spacek and her family are well-known and liked in the community. Her oldest sister is a graduate of Chesapeake. Another sister is a junior there.
Spacek's family could not be reached.
On a list of long-term goals provided to her Chesapeake guidance counselor, Spacek mentioned teaching small children or becoming a doctor as her major interests.
Her short-term goals were to pass ninth grade and "get great grades."
Spacek and Brady were traveling east on Turkey Point Road at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when they were hit head-on by a 1978 Monte Carlo driven by Michael Brian Dobihal, 19, of the 7000 block of Oliverwood Road.
Brady was treated at Francis Scott Key Medical Center and released. He is expected to return to school Monday.
Dobihal, who was not injured, was released on $10,000 bail.