As the recovery efforts conclude for the bodies of 15-year-old Mt. Olive High School students Nick Cianciotto and Clyde Schimanski, school superintendent Larrie Reynolds shared thoughts on the “tragic loss of two of its promising students.”
“Nicholas Cianciotto and Clyde Schimanski were valued members of the Mount Olive High School learning community and will be sorely missed,” Reynolds said.
According to Reynolds, Schimanski is being remembered as a practical joker who loved dirt bike riding and hoped to be a mechanic after graduation while Cianciotto is being called a “generous and caring young man with a heart of gold.”
Reynolds said that both students were “dirt bike buddies” who enjoyed being outdoors.
Reynolds said that over the past two days Mount Olive High School personnel have met with a number of grieving students; providing counsel and comfort as they dealt with this tragedy.
“Our counseling team will remain available to meet with students and assist the community throughout the week,” said Rob Feltmann, Assistant Principal for Student Services. “Should parents or community members require additional resources or suggested interventions they should feel free to contact the High School Guidance Office at 973.927.2208 extension 7301.”
Kevin Stansberry, principal for Mount Olive High School, said addressing the issue is important for those affected.
“At times like this, it is a good idea for you to address these circumstances with your child and support them as they deal with their grief,” Stansberry said.
Reynolds said the thoughts and prayers of the Mt. Olive education community was with those suffering.
“We pray that the pleasant memories of these young people assuage their bitter losses,” Reynolds said.