BLACKSVILLE, W.Va. — It was supposed to be a week of celebration at Clay-Battelle High School in Monongalia County but homecoming week activities came to a tragic halt Monday night when student Sydney Rush was killed in a single-vehicle crash.  

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Sydney Rush, 16, a state track champion for Clay-Battelle High School, was killed in a car crash Monday.

“She was just a star in everything she did,” said CBHS supporter Joe Statler.

Rush, 16, was the secretary of the CBHS Class of 2015, member of the National Honor Society, Young Life, and 4-H. Sydney was a 2011 state cheerleading champion, a 2013 state track champion in the 4×100 and 4×200, and was awarded “Gloria’s Race” in the 4×100 in 2012 and 2013.

“You could just see the grief on the kids’ faces,” Statler said.

Clay-Battelle has postponed homecoming events, including Friday’s football game with Valley-Wetzel.

“We just thought the kids need some time to handle this in their own way,” football coach Ryan Wilson said.

The game has been rescheduled for Monday while the rest of the homecoming events will be rescheduled for later this fall.

Friends may call at the Tennant Funeral Home in Hundred Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-9 p.m. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Sydney Rush Memorial Fund, c/o Huntington National Bank, PO Box 65, Blacksville, WV 26521

State police investigators said Rush was headed westbound on Mason-Dixon Highway when her Volkswagen Beetle ran off the road and hit a tree around 9:15 p.m.

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  • Kelli Beverlin

    My thoughts and prayers are w/ the family and students. God bless you all. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  • Coach Mike Miller

    I am a coach at Valley Wetzel, we said several prayers for all involved at Clay Battelle, especially the Rush family. It deeply affected our players, youth is a precious thing, that should never be taken for granted. God bless her, Coach Miller.....

  • leslie mook

    my prayers are with you all.

  • Melissa H.

    Rt. 7 such a bad road to travel. It's not the first fatal accident and it won't be the last. I'm so sad for her family & friends. Prayers to all of the C-B community.

  • Curly Joe

    Too sad for words. Sympathy to the family of this exceptional young lady forever 16.

  • Mike

    Maybe 16 is too young to be driving alone. So many fatal accidents happen to teens. Laws should be evaluated.

    • BigDave

      I agree, Mike. And, yes, I said the same thing when I was 16. I could not believe I was allowed to drive at that age.

  • wvman75

    My condolences and prayers to the family and the entire community.