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Craft show to benefit fallen OFA student’s scholarship fund

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Almost a year after her death, family and friends will gather together to honor and remember Ogdensburg Free Academy student Sabrina L. Reese.

Ms. Reese, a 17-year-old junior who also studied cosmetology at the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services Northwest Technical Center, died Dec. 8 due to a brain hemorrhage.

“Her death was a complete shock out of the clear-blue sky,” said Viviane Roach, Ms. Reese’s grandmother. “She was so full of promise. She wanted to become a fashion writer for a magazine. She had her own sense of style, and she changed her hair color every other week.”

Her grandmothers said her friends remember she loved to participate in track and basketball, fish, play piano, and do makeup and hair.

“She was well-liked by all her peers and teachers,” said Ms. Roach. “The cliques didn’t matter to her. She was a very good friend, who did a lot of counseling when her friends needed help. She was a great person, and an all-round good little girl who was very intelligent and had a bright future.”

Shortly after her death, Ms. Reese’s mother, Rebecca Holt, and the Ogdensburg Free Academy Board of Education worked together to form a scholarship fund in her name. They decided a $200 scholarship would be awarded each year to a graduating senior who progressed well academically, participated in extracurricular activities and is well liked by peers and teachers, all qualities evocative of Ms. Reese.

“That was our way of dealing with her loss,” said Ms. Roach. “We would like to see her promise carried on through the students at OFA.”

Family and friends will hold a craft and vendor show at the Dobisky Visitors Center, 100 Riverside Ave., from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday to benefit the scholarship fund. There is no admission fee.

Ms. Reese’s BOCES cosmetology classmates will paint faces and nails.

“She had so many friends,” said Vicky L. Garrabrant, Ms. Reese’s cosmetology teacher. “She was very artistic, and my girls are going to do face painting and nail art because Sabrina was so good at it. We just appreciate everyone’s support for this great cause.”

There will also be a silent auction and a concession stand open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Among the crafters and vendors participating are Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Scentsy Wickless, Tupperware, Partylite, Bee Art Shop, Origami Owl, Amanda’s Handmade Items, Babsy’s Bits and Bites and Avon.

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