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Death of Forest Lake Distance Learning Academy Student

posted on September 22, 2012, under Education by

J.J. Branchedor

We are shocked and saddened by the death of J.J. Branchedor that occurred late Friday afternoon at New Smyrna Beach, Florida. J.J. was on a school outing with Forest Lake Academy, our Seventh-day Adventist high school located in Apopka. He was a student of the Distance Learning Academy through Walker Memorial Academy in Avon Park.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the parents of J.J., the student body, and faculty at each of these schools, as well as our extended church family. We are all devastated right now, but we take courage in the hope and assurance of a soon coming Saviour.

Counselors have been on hand to counsel our students and will continue to be available to be with our student body as needed.

We want to thank all of those who were involved in the search and rescue operation.

The safety and welfare of our students is our highest priority, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect them every day.

Arne Nielsen, Florida Conference Vice President for Integrated Youth Ministries, is the spokesperson for the school and the Conference pertaining to this tragedy. Send e-mail to Arne with any questions or information.

1 Comment for this entry

  • Joy Rogers

    Our school family is heartbroken at the loss of our friend and a child of God. The pain is almost unbearable at times, but our school family is united even more while we try to cope, help and support each other. Will the pain ever disappear, no. Will we forget our family member, never. Will we we ever see him again, YES! Our school family will be complete again on that wonderful day when we look up and see our Heavenly Father and hear Him say; Welcome, come my children and live forever in the place I have created for you.

    Be ready and join us on that day.

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