Memorial for Rhyan Hamilton
BHS Class of 2004
Brookville Junior Rhyan Hamilton was killed in a car accident 12/21/02
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Entry #110 - Name:  Jellybean
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Comments: I knew Rhyan for about 2 years, but knew she would be a huge part of my life forever. I met Rhyan at discovery, a after school program, and knew from the start a journey was about to begin. The first year she was there we got really close and bonded like sisters. She is and will always be my sister in my heart. She treated not like a little girl, but as someone special in her heart and I want to think for that. So, I LOVE YOU RHYAN! Now I’m glad you are singing with the angels.

        Love you always

Monday April 18, 2005 - 6:41 PM

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Comments: So here it is. Our senior year and we only have 8 more days left of school. There was a cap made for you by the kids at the Discovery, with your name on top. It was given to Jessica Jones to watch over, i think that she is over joyed and honored to do it. We all still miss you , we slowly are getting through it, the hardest thing is goin to be knowin that you were suppose to walk up to Mr. Whorley and get your diploma, come to after grad to make it 100X's better than ever, than go to the college of your dreams and become another famous bee, instead of just a memory. You know i know its been over a year, but everytime i think of you i think of that song you sang that one easter w/ Perky and Roxy on it, " And when the light of you surrenders, i will have your hand to see you through , the years may come and go, but there's one thing i know, love is all i have when im with you." Shennetta Clements got your scholarship, im not sure if they are doin nething in remembrance of you, but it think that alot of us will just know there was suppose to be another one of us, stumblin down and up the stairs at the vine center, preparin for a future. I know that through the years to come you will slowly slip away from our memory, except for those few times we pass Brookville, or hear someone else named Rhyan, but somewhere, hidden deep in all of our hearts, will be a corner were you will lie, waiting to comfort and put a smile on our face when we need it. This will probably be the last time i write a remembrance, but i know that one day i will see you in heaven. God bless! And Congratulations Graduate, c/o 2004.  Loud and proud. :)

Tuesday May 24, 2004 - 11:48 PM

Entry #108 - Name:  Amanda
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Comments: You were truly a great person i can remember that every time i saw you, you had a great big smile on your made sure that everyone around for miles could hear you laugh. Rhyan i don't think that there was a dull moment when i was around you. You were truly and angel in passing..until the day we meet again save me a seat in heaven! We all miss you more then you will ever know.

~*~ Amanda

Thursday January 8, 2004 - 11:52 PM

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Comments: I cant believe that its already been a year. This btv episode they showed the last song you sang with Amy Hilton, I can't remember the name of the song, but it was you there and I think on that day every one felt your presence. Christmas for many of us is just going to be a reminder of you, but it's not a bad thing, you give us hope. You were what a lot of us want to be. I'll remember you always.. and miss you

Monday December 22, 2003 - 11:30 AM

Entry #106 - Name: Shauntay Spinner
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Comments: Dear Rhyan, i miss you really but i Just wanted to say our Famous Word we use to say RICH lol yea but hey some day we will meet and have good time like we did when you were here your above me now so keep an Eye on me i miss you.


Saturday, August 13, 2003 - 8:15 PM

Name: Sarah Hake
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Comments: Ok...I know you've been gone for quite awhile, but I haven't found the words and still haven't quite yet. Well as of lately your screen name keeps getting online alot one will answer anyone's IM's...its weird...but Rhyan middle school was great up in Mrs. Swain's class...I love ya Rhyan...You always made me laugh...everyone for that matter...but I know your spirit is still with us...and though we weren't the best of friends we were still friends...and you'll never know how many people love you down here...Always in our memories...especially mine...You'll never be forgotten...Love you and miss you truly...

Saturday, August 1, 2003 - 4:56 PM

Name: Taryn Anthony
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Comments:   Alright, Rhyan it took a while for me to grasp what happen to you, when we returned to school it was as if you were just absent or coming in late. I don't want to accept that you are gone and so your spirit will remain in my heart as while as Brookville High School. I will never forget the memories we had in S.O.D.A., Physics Class, the Little Miss Ebony Pageant, and everything else. Your smile and your attitude were the things that everyone seems to remember and so do I. You once told me that I was one of your role-models and that meant a lot to me and Rhyan, you are one of my role-models because you had this attitude like, "This is me and don't try to change me!" and I respected and admired that so much and I just wish I could brighten up a room and bring the energy that you brought. Girl, one of my last memories of you was in Physics Class when you played Spades with Mr. Dodge, Ashley, and Casey, all I can say is Boy, oh Boy you are the best player in the world! But I love you so much, rest in peace, and you will forever be in my Heart!

Saturday, February 28th 2003 - 06:10 PM

Name: Rob Puckette
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Comments: I knew Rhyan really well. We first came together in Biology of our Freshman year. My favorite memory with her from Ms. Wilson is " shhhh, quiet." Every time I saw her she would bring a smile to my face and make me laugh. I can remember telling her I would see her after Christmas break and wished her a Merry Christmas. It hit hard at first, but we'll make it through together. Rhyan we will miss you.
Rob Puckette.

Saturday, February 20th 2003 - 08:24:23 PM
Name: Amy Woody
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Comments:  I have so many memories of Rhyan. Some she shared with everyone, but mostly, the ones she made. Always singing... joking...laughing...she took the show where ever she went. I think the one thing that I think about the most when I think about her is her kindness- a different sort of kindness, but definitely a kind to be remembered. I remember one day in Btv when I was so stressed out about life in general and I began to cry. She and Amy Hilton, "her other half", were at my side  making sure I was okay. What both of them did was probably one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me and I love them both for that. Rhyan just brought out the best in people...she brought out the best in me. I love her so much and not a day goes by that I don't think of her and everything she gave to me. My thoughts and prayers still go out to everyone who is suffering. We'll get through it. She'd want us to.

Saturday, February 8th 2003 - 01:15:17 AM

Name: Spencer Brown
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Comments: Rhyan,

What else is there to be said about you? All I know is that I miss you so much. You were and still are the most wonderful best friend I've ever had, not a day goes by that I don't think about you. It seems like everything reminds me of you. The fact that you're not here anymore still seems so unreal to me. Sunday morning when my mom called and told me you were in an accident the thought of you being gone forever didn't even go through my mind, but then my dad called. It hurt me so bad, chills went through my body and I just sat and cried for hours. I know I shouldn't ask but why you, why now? I sit and think about all things we'd planned to do together when we got old and all the silly stuff we'd laugh at, and I ask myself who's going to do the things we used to do with me now? Deep down I know NOBODY could ever take your place and I'll always have you in my heart wherever life takes me. Rhyan, cousins like you are hard to come by because you're special, and I'm just so thankful and I feel so blessed that I got to have one.

I love you,
Spencer Meghan

Saturday, January 11th 2003 - 11:26:40 PM

Name: Kelsey Massie
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Comments: I didn't know Rhyan but for a short while, but that was all i needed to know that her life was precious!!...No matter what, she smiled!!! She also made everyone around her smile! As hard as she made us laugh , she makes us cry equally as hard by her passing!! I am comforted to know that she is with God!! She's now an angel who will watch over you even if you didn't know her all that well!!!!! It's hard to put into words how i feel!! Its hard to try to sum up someone's life !!..She was amazing and will always be...even though she may not be here in person she is and will always be with each and everyone of us, in spirit!!...As i look back on her life , i SMILE!!! that's what she would want us to do!!!! WE ALL LOVE YOU VERY VERY MUCH!!!!!.....Rhyan, I will see you in Heaven one day, but I ask that until my time comes you watch over me and everyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting you!!!...BYE GIRL!!

Thursday, January 9th 2003 - 08:10:16 PM

Name: ~*~Christina Childress~*~
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Comments: ~*~I didn't know Rhyan well but I did go to Elementary School and middle school with her. She was a very sweet and talented girl. Everytime I seen her she had a smile on her face. It is sad about her loss. She is in a better place now looking down on all of us. She is one of GOD's Angels now and will be missed.~*~


Wednesday, January 8th 2003 - 01:45:54 PM

Name: Laurie Mason
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Comments: Rhyan,
Well I didn't know you to well at all but when my sister in law asked me if I did know a Rhyan Hamilton I said yea. It's hard to think that people can be so healthy one day then not alive the next is scary. Rhyan I know that you are having the time of your life up there. We will all miss you at BHS.

Laurie Mason

Saturday, January 4th 2003 - 03:36:49 AM

Name: Simone
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Comments: Hey I didn't know Rhyan that well. I knew of her and how nice she was to people and always made people laugh. I'm gonna miss seeing her on Btv... I know she is in heaven watching over all her friends and everyone at Brookville. To all her friends, keep your head held high for her b/c that's probably what she would want you to do.
Much Love
Simone Lewis

Friday, January 3rd 2003 - 09:12:05 AM

Name: *AMY*
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Comments: *Ryan,
It was amazing how many smiles you put on peoples faces. Your brother is right, you must have done something special to be chosen out of all of us to go to Heaven. I didn't know you all that well but you always put a smile on my face as well as others. I love and miss you!!:)
*R.I.P RYAN!!!*

Friday, January 3rd 2003 - 09:09:59 AM

Name: Robert Culpeper
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Comments: It's amazing how such a merciful God can give us our hearts desire: yet, take away the very things that make our hearts complete. As this holiday promised to be the very best one yet, no one could prepare themselves for the event that took place. Even as I write this, the very idea seems altogether too farfetched to be real. I had loathed today all throughout the holiday because I realized, along with my fellow peers, that as we dawned the threshold of the doors to complete our school year...not all of us would be coming back. There was a difference in the air that couldn't be mistaken for anything else but utter remorse. even though most of us had prepared ourselves for one really could prepare themselves, because in actuality-things weren't the same. It's almost impossible to try and continue as if nothing had ever happened, because something in fact did happen. God works in ways that we can never fathom. We just do not possess the capacity to understand HIM. While I knew very little about Rhyan's life outside of school, I learned more about Rhyan in that last week before the holiday break than I had learned about anyone else all year. I know that was the work of God, and I truly accept it as a blessing. We all remember how Rhyan impacted us on a daily basis whether it was her joking in the classroom or her unmistaken laughter that followed on the way to our classes. What I seem to remember the most is that Thursday and Friday before the break. Thursday, we were sitting in Mrs. Gibson's World History Class when all the girls decided we should put on a small talent show. They asked me to play some Christmas songs on my saxophone. As I put the horn to my lips, I looked around the room and caught Rhyan's eyes-she was smiling and that gave me the courage I needed to continue. After I was finished, Rhyan got up to sing for us...that I will NEVER forget. I had never really heard Rhyan sing before...when she closed her eyes and began to sing, it was if all the songbirds in the world were joined in this mass choir. I felt my skin tingle-I never imagined that such an extraordinary sound could come from such a young voice. The next day she sang on BTV-and later on with Mrs. Thurman and Amy Hilton in 4th period. The last thing I said to Rhyan was, “You never cease to amaze me..." she smiled and replied, “Thank you Robert that means a lot to me." I really don't have to wish her to return to us-because she lives on-inside us. To the family and close friends of Rhyan, “Her name will not be forgotten, and her legacy will follow us forever. ~Robert Culpeper

Thursday, January 2nd 2003 - 09:22:38 PM

Name: Stacey Crawley
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Comments: Rhyan you were such a special person. I will never forget middle school with you and laughing in Mrs. Grady's and Mrs. McGrath's class with you. girl you brought so many smiles to Sandusky.. you were awesome, everyone loved you, and no one has forgotten you. you are unforgettable, and you will always be remembered and loved by everyone who knew you. i would sit in hhs.. and listen to jonathan and spencer come in talking about you and how they chilled with you over the weekend... then some of us would start talkin about u in middle school.. even though i haven't spoken to u in a couple years, you are still very special to me, and i will love you always!! you are in God's hands now.. love ya girl!..

Thursday, January 2nd 2003 - 07:32:11 PM

Name: Megan Tyree
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Comments: Wow. What can I say? All I know is that Rhyan was one of those people who affected everybody she ever revealed her beautiful smile to. So many people have already said this, but it's so true. Rhyan didn't care what number you were on the Popular Scale, if you were white or black, if you were beautiful or not so beautiful. To Rhyan, God made everybody, and He made everybody gorgeous. Let's not let Rhyan's way of life disappear just because she's not here anymore. Never look down on anyone. Think about how what you say or do to someone affects them. Think about how good you'd feel if you treated everyone with a kind Rhyan's. And never quit smiling or singing. Let Rhyan live on in us. Rhyan, even though you weren't my best friend, you left me with a legacy..............

Wednesday, January 1st 2003 - 05:33:13 PM

Name: Ashley Brown
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Comments: As I look at this guestbook I sit and think about how proud i am of my fellow school mates. Unfortunately i still cant come to cope with the loss of my cousin, friend, and sister. As i received a call from my aunt at 4 am the morning that Rhyan passed i watched my mother drop to her knees and break down. i couldn't come and still cant come to grips with the fact that i just lost a best friend and my blood. i dont know what to do now. Rhyan was the most vivacious young lady that you could have ever met. I know im being really selfish by saying that i wish she was here with me but how can i let go of somebody i have so many precious memories with. That was my love and my baby. i would die for her. unfortunately i never told her that, i would do anything to see her again.
I was so mad at Rhyan i couldn't even cry, i still don't think this has really hit me yet. Rhyan, if you are paying attention to this note, i just want to know why would you do this to me, to us? I loved you so much -- why would you leave me, us, like this -- so sudden and unexpected. I remember when we were in the mall, shopping for your mom's gift, you told me that you used to admire me, you said that you used to wish you were just like me, when all that time i was envying you -- that beautiful smile-- clear skin -- outstanding taste-- and intelligence. i always felt that i had nothing to offer you. until this x-mas when i realized how much love counts. please come back please tell me this is just a joke. Tell me you'll be in school tomorrow. i dont think i can go to physics without you being right there. Girl im so mad at you right now. its making me sick. WOW, im so happy i told you this. i feel alot better now. talk to you later Rhyan. I LOVE YOU BABY!!!

Wednesday, January 1st 2003 - 04:23:29 PM

Name: Nanci
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Comments: I didn't meet Rhyan until this year, but I know that she was the nicest, most outgoing person I've ever known. It's so hard to believe that a person who I came in contact to on a daily basis is gone. It's so unfortunate to hear of such a terrible thing happening to such wonderful person.
Whenever my brother would be out of school, she would come into 6th period asking where he was and how he was doing. She could cheer anyone up with her smiles and loving nature. Her performances on BTV were hilarious; always giving students a laugh to start the day. She will be missed greatly.

Tuesday, December 31st 2002 - 10:45:59 AM

Entry #90 - Name: katherine hill
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Comments: i already signed this guestbook once, but tonight i was talking to one of my co-workers who was a friend of rhyan's and i felt obligated to sign again.
to everyone at bhs: going back to a school without a loved one Thursday is going to be the hardest thing most of us will have to deal with this year. i am giving everyone a piece of advice when i say be kind to everyone. let someone cry on your shoulder if they need to do so, and try to give guidance to your classmates through listening and understanding. but try to keep your heads high, because Rhyan will be looking down at us in her heaven full of all the b-tv broadcasts or moments to shine she could ever want.
and to Rhyan: i wish i could have gotten to known you like other people did. i don't know how much of an amazing person you were, but if given the opportunity, i know that you would accept anyone as a human full of worth.. if not even as a friend. i regret never talking to you if you were walking in the hall, but it has taught many of us to grow closer to people we don't talk to very often, because in an instant, that chance will be gone.
stay strong, everyone..

Tuesday, December 31st 2002 - 12:26:12 AM

Name: Kanika Jones
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Comments: Sunday morning when I heard the bad news, I prayed that it wasn't real I prayed that I was dreaming, but I wasn't. It was just that Friday Shawna and I were walking with Rhyan through the mall. It hurts me badly to see one of my close friends leave me so early. I have lost three family members this year and and close friend, it hurts bad, but I know she is in a better place and will be watching over all of us from above. God bless her and her family.

R*I*P Rhyan
"We'll See You When We Get There" I love You

Monday, December 30th 2002 - 09:00:41 PM

Name: Johnathan Dyke
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Comments: Although I don't attend BHS, I feel like I should sign this because Rhyan was one of my best friends and I know she would slap me if I didn't sign it =) As Rhyan and my relationship grew, I saw how beautiful, talented, and what a great person she was. I don't think that I have had such a considerate friend. I know what a blessing she was to me and there will never be words to express what a beautiful and sweet person she was. I loved her and always will. Don't ever forget the great memories she blessed us with and her AMAZING smile. Love your Rhyan and never forget her. I love you Rhyan. RH + JD bff.

Monday, December 30th 2002 - 08:25:51 PM

Name: Monica Watts
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Comments: Well what can I say other then I love you Rhyan. You and Antoinette along with Marquise and Tony are my little brothers and sisters. Rhyan, not only were you a confident young lady with a lot of goals and aspirations but you were also a friend to so many. You always put other's feelings in front of yours. I remember when I was going through a lot of stress and just wanted to run away from it all and you saw me in the hall crying you just came up to me and gave me a hug. You didn't ask any questions, just gave me a hug and that is when i let it all out...not cuz i had to but cuz i wanted to. I knew that you were always there. So now that I sit back and think about all the wonderful memories we share I smile. Because I know you are in heaven with God watching over me..being my angel. We knew each other for a long time- since we were kids and it hurts to know that one of my childhood friends won't be with me anymore, but I have to be strong and keep hope in my faith that we will see each other when it is my time. I love you Mrs. Hamilton, Mrs. Joplin and the rest of the family. Keep your faith in God. And to my other little's (Anty, Tony, Marquise) I love you guys so much and want you guys to be each other's rock while I'm away in college.
We may have lost a friend but we gained an O:-)...
RIP ~Rhyan Hamilton~
"I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not"
--Robert G.Ingersoll

Monday, December 30th 2002 - 04:47:38 PM

Name: Larry Lewis
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Comments: I did not know Rhyan, but her family and friends have been on my mind and in my prayers all week.
I can not comprehend what it must be like to lose a son or daughter or a close friend so young, bright, and with such a promising future. We came close to losing our own daughter, Jennifer, at age 16 when she totaled her car on black ice at 1:00 AM back in 1996. There’s no question that her seatbelt saved her life.

Providing a place for everyone to share their thoughts, prayers, their love and their grief is a very small thing I am happy to be able to provide. I hope in some small way it helps bring us all closer together, and also to learn from these tragic losses. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to write in the Guestbook for Rhyan.

All we can do is pray for each other, and have faith that God does not make mistakes - even though we may never understand things like this during our lifetime here. Reading the comments, we can all see how many lives were touched by God's love through Rhyan.

Some quotes have come to mind relating to this:

"When a door closes, God opens a window."

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Romans 8:28  

(This verse is on the wall over my desk at work).

If we try and figure out what God's purpose was in something like this, it may take weeks, months, years or a lifetime to discover it. Or we may never understand. But while it may not occur to us, as unbelievable and unfair as it seems, sometimes good does come as the result of tragedies like this. Maybe for someone that none of us even know.

We just have to have faith that God knows what He's doing.

Sunday, December 29th 2002 - 07:08:20 PM

Name: Emily
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Comments: Although I didn't know Rhyan that well, she impacted my life and others very much. I won't and can't forget her warm smile and her wonderful personality. She is in a much better place, watching over us and taking care of us everyday. Rhyan will greatly be missed but she will never be forgotten. We will love you always Rhyan.


Sunday, December 29th 2002 - 03:31:15 PM

Name: Shauntay Spinner
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Comments: Rhyan you will truly be missed by me but keep your wings around me grl ok o by the way RICH :)

Saturday, December 28th 2002 - 09:39:03 PM

Name: Kristen Templeton
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Comments: Rhyan was such an upbeat and kind-hearted person. She always walked around with her head held high. She always looked for the positive aspects in life and never the opposite. Rhyan used to live up the street from me and I didn't really get to know Rhyan until I was in 6th grade at Sandusky and she was in 7th. Every morning as Rhyan and I and a couple of other kids were waiting at the bus-stop, she would always be talking about something. She was always telling a funny story or just saying something to make you laugh. If you were in a bad mood, she would cheer you up with just her smile. She was such a sweet girl. I wish I would've gotten to know her better because I know she was a wonderful girl with many great qualities. She has touched some many lives. Sometimes I wonder why God had to take a way such a precious person in our society. But we all know that Rhyan is in good hands and now we have an *angel* looking down on us. Rhyan- you'll be greatly missed. God bless you and your family. I will continue to keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Love u always,
Kristen <33

** 10/12/85-12/21/02 **

Saturday, December 28th 2002 - 05:44:09 PM

Name: Christina Litz
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Comments: I met Rhyan on the track team my sophomore year. It was probably one of the best most memorable seasons ever. Never did a day go by where Rhyan didn't have something hilarious to tell us. I'll never forget her top ten lists that she would make up or the psychic readings she would do (that is where Madame B started ya know). She decided track wasn't for her that year but she still brightened my day everyday and this year i was even lucky enough to have her in one of my classes. Rhyan I'll miss you, things won't be the same without you. I know you're up there with the angels now and one day we'll meet again.
Love always and forever,
*Rest in Peace Rhyan*

Saturday, December 28th 2002 - 04:36:54 PM

Name: Rhyan's favorite song
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Comments: When I think back on these times
And the dreams we left behind
I'll be glad 'cause I was blessed
To get to have you in my life
When I look back on these days
I'll look and see your face
You were right there for me

In my dreams I'll always see you soar above the sky
In my heart there will always be a place for you
For all my life I'll keep a part of you with me
And everywhere I am, there you'll be
(And everywhere I am, there you'll be)

Well you showed me how to feel
Feel the sky was in my reach
And I always will remember all the strength you gave to me
Your love made me make it through
Oh, I owe so much to you
You were right there for me

In my dreams I'll always see you soar above the sky
In my heart there will always be a place for you
For all my life I'll keep a part of you with me
And everywhere I am, there you'll be
(And everywhere I am, there you'll be)

'Cause I always saw in you my light, my strength
And I want to thank you now
For all the ways you were right there for me
You were right there for me
For always

In my dreams I'll always see you soar above the sky
In my heart there will always be a place for you
For all my life I'll keep a part of you with me
And everywhere I am, there you'll be
(And everywhere I am, there you'll be)
There you'll be....

Saturday, December 28th 2002 - 04:31:10 PM

Entry #80 - Name: Jessica
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Comments: Well i really didn't know Rhyan that well. But what i did know is that she was a wonderful person that was always smiling and even if she didn't know you she would always speak. She has impacted many peoples lives and she will never be forgotten. Brookville isn't going to be the same without u. We love u Rhyan!

Rhyan J. Hamilton

Saturday, December 28th 2002 - 03:00:04 PM

Name: Rachel Scruggs
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Comments: It's so easy to see the impact that Rhyan has had on so many people's lives, but it's so hard to understand why her and why now? As I try to cope with the loss of such a promising, vibrant, and brilliant young woman, I am forced to look up toward heaven... to the only source of comfort and peace at a time such as this. Getting through the shock and pain seems impossible, but God keeps reminding me of all the sweet memories of Rhyan when she was here with us. Rhyan wasn't my best friend, but I also don't think she understood what an impact she had on my life... and so many others. She brought a light into this world, a joy that she shared with every person she came into contact with-no matter who you were, how popular you were, how ugly you were, because to Rhyan, we were all human beings. You could never be in a bad mood when Rhyan was around-she always made you laugh or smile. Whether she was telling a story about what happened at the mall or doing an impression of a teacher, she always had something funny to say. She helped us all to see the brighter side of life and I wish that I could be more like her. I am very sad at such a great a loss as this, but at the same time, I rejoice in having the divine privilege of knowing her the short time she was here. For everyone who knew Rhyan-you'll be kept in my prayers... Love, joy, and peace to you all!

Friday, December 27th 2002 - 10:52:44 PM

Name: Lorien Motz
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Comments: I did not know Rhyan at all and i barely even saw her at school. But when i did i always noticed that she had a bright smile on her face. She seemed like one of the warm, loving people that would always make your day a little bit better. I just hope that she is as happy with God as she seemed down here with us. My thoughts and prayers go to her family. You are loved and missed.

<3 always


Friday, December 27th 2002 - 10:47:03 PM

Name: Emily Collins
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Comments: I didn't really know Rhyan too well. Mostly I just knew who she was and said hi sometimes. I do know that she always had a smile on her face and was always helping other people. She was the excitement on BTV. I can't even think how hard this is on her family and close friends. When I found out I was in shock. I really didn't know what to say. I know this was a tragedy and I wish it hadn't happened but I try and look at things like this in the best way. She is with god now and is one of his angels so she is better off there in some ways. For some reason that we don't know god said that it was her time. I think that if Rhyan were here today she would want everybody to try and accept what has happened and live their lives the best they can. My prayers go out to her family and close friends. You will be greatly missed by everyone! R.I.P.

Love Always,

Friday, December 27th 2002 - 12:39:31 PM

Name: Kasey
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Comments: "Just take off your jerk pants and put a clean shirt on.
-Rhyan Hamilton
She always knew how to make you smile and she would come up with her own jokes that fit her original personality perfect. I would always have a smile on my face during 6th period everyday no matter what kind of day I was having because of Rhyan. She helped me get through that class without wanting to just break down into tears, at some points. Girl just keep me smiling and I know you'll be watching over us all. You will never be forgotten and the memories will be with me always.
Love Kasey

Thursday, December 26th 2002 - 11:56:30 AM

Name: Karis Smith
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Comments: Wow, this is gonna be hard. I graduated in June of 2002 so I have know Rhyan since I was a junior. I used to talk to her everyday my junior and senior years at BHS. She always had a big smile on her face. I could be in a bad mood and when she would see me she would bug me until I smiled. At some of the football games I would chill with her. I found out Sunday while I was in church. When I was told my jaw hit the floor and it felt like a truck had run over me. I kept thinking that it wasn't true. As soon as I had gotten home, 2 people had called me and I knew that's what they were calling about. I just broke down crying. I kept thinking "I just saw her in the mall Friday and she hugged me and asked me how I was doing and said she'd talk to me later." I cried my eyes out. How could someone so young and beautiful be gone just like that? Then I heard that Marquita was in the car and I was in a state of shock. But I found out that she was o.k., and I felt a little relieved. I had not planned on going to one of my good friend's funeral's during my first Christmas Break from college. It was one of the things that I dreaded the most, but I had to go because she would have done the same thing for me. She had a lot going for her. She ALWAYS had a smile on her face and I will never forget that. I will never forget her. I know she is probably in heaven right now smiling down on us. I will continue to keep her family in my prayers.

Rhyan, I love you so much and I will miss you like crazy. Watch out for me. R.I.P.

Karis Smith

Thursday, December 26th 2002 - 10:47:27 AM

Name: Lindsay Conrad
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Comments: you were the first of 2004 to go
you were the first to fly
although your name is all i know
i still broke down to cry
<3 always
Lindsay C.

Wednesday, December 25th 2002 - 10:33:04 PM

Name: Shakira Coleman
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Comments: Rhyan-you were one of those people that always put a smile on someone's faces! You have touched so many hearts, especially mine. I was blessed to have the chance to meet you and to have a class with you. You will be forever missed by everyone. I will miss you dearly and will never forget you! Rest in peace.

Wednesday, December 25th 2002 - 09:20:15 PM

Name: Jennifer Wheeler
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Comments: I didn't know Rhyan, but I did see her around school. In fact, I passed her in the hallway Friday. I enjoyed watching her on BTV on Fridays. She has a beautiful voice, and I KNOW that she would have gone far in life if hers wasn't taken from her. She is in my heart, as well as many others. Hope to see you one day.
R.I.P !!!
Love Always,

Wednesday, December 25th 2002 - 09:00:07 PM

Name: Samir Ghriri
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Comments: I never really talked to Rhyan in school but whenever i see her around i say what's up. Rhyan was a great person like everyone has said, she can make anyone smile on any day. I'm not very good with these things but i hope Rhyan is having fun up there and will be missed by everyone and i don't know how school is gonna be the same without you girl but we will pull together and try to make all the pain go away. R.I.P Rhyan 12/21/02 god is with you.

Wednesday, December 25th 2002 - 08:48:33 PM

Entry #70 - Name: Brandy Oliver
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Comments: Although I didn't really know Rhyan that well, she was definitely a sweet person to everyone that she knew. I remember talking to her last year and some this year in the hallways and in Mr. Tordoff's room and even though she didn't know me that well she would still have a conversation with me. Rhyan was the type of person that you could always count on no matter what!!! It's going to be hard to go back to BHS after Christmas break knowing that she wont be there anymore!!! This type of thing makes all of us think about how precious life truly is and that you should cherish it everyday. It was just last Friday that i saw Rhyan at school and on BTV. She was making me laugh like she always did everyday she was on it. I will always remember her smile and how she always helped other people feel good when they wasn't feeling to great. My thoughts go out to all of her family and all of her friends!!!!! Rhyan you will be missed truly!!!!! I Love You girl!!!! (( always and forever))...
<33 always <33

** R.I.P.- Rhyan Joplin Hamilton
12/21/02... ((you will be missed!!!))**

Wednesday, December 25th 2002 - 05:55:12 PM

Name: Tarik Ghriri
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Comments: I knew Rhyan personally, she was a great and loving person. Everytime I was mad she always had something funny to say to cheer me up. I actually had spoke to her before the untimely death, maybe within 30 mins. She as usual sounded fine but I could tell she was tired and she told me she was, but the thought of her falling asleep behind the wheel did not occur to me. Which also shows how fragile a life can be and how it can be gone in a blink of an eye. This also checks how we are as people and how we are running our lives. WE need to live our lives as straight as possible because no one knows when God is going to call upon one of us to be judged. Now back to the phone call, I can remember her words like she is in my ear right now, telling me "you be safe", she has never told me to be safe before we ever got off the phone. In a way to me it sounded as if she was ready to go, of course I am sad and upset that a young beautiful lady as Rhyan had to die so soon, but helping me get through this is to think right now that she has no worries, no stress, no problems, nothing but peace and that also she is safe with God and his angels. To me she just moved to a better place, and is waiting for the rest of us. Rhyan you will be loved and missed forever, hope you and your grandma are together taking care of each other in heaven. Can't wait to see your face once again, til then God bless you and know that you touched everyone's heart here on Earth especially mine. I could go all day talking on how great a person Rhyan was because she was "endless" with great qualities, but I am going to end it with Love ya Pinky and God bless her and the rest of the family. Our prayers are with ya'll.

Wednesday, December 25th 2002 - 01:08:06 AM

Name: Marshall Sisson
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Comments: It's so difficult to kno where to start. so much to say that's goin through my head. It's so weird me and jennifer were talkin about Mrs. McGraths 6th grade class just Friday like always when we talk about middle school your name was brought up... i'll never forget the paper ball fights and me getting almost sent to the office by the sub. cause your paper ball landed on the chalk board. it was great knowing you. your smile was incredible you could brighten up someone's day with a simple hello. without a doubt you are truly in gods great hands. we love you Rhyan. you will always be apart of my heart and you will never be forgotten.

Wednesday, December 25th 2002 - 12:27:07 AM

Name: savannah cox
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Comments: Man, I never really knew Rhyan or considered her a real close friend... but I knew she was happy and sweet...she was a strong person and always had a beautiful smile on her face...I was at church on Sunday night when I heard the news and all I could do was drop my mouth open and gasp and I couldn't think of how many people must feel... I know she will greatly be missed and God called her home...My prayers go out to Rhyan's family and Friends We love you and miss you....It makes you realize how fast really life can go....Much love...Savannah<3<3<3.....

Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - 11:35:07 PM

Name: Jennifer Schmitt
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Comments: Although I didn't know Rhyan personally, she seemed like a wonderful young lady who lived life to the fullest. I was a senior when Rhyan was a freshman, and every time I'd pass her in the hallway, she had a big smile on her face. From what I hear, she touched the lives of the people she came in contact with. My thoughts and prayers are with Rhyan's family and friends. May God watch over you and protect you in your time of need.

Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - 10:54:45 PM

Name: Jennifer Viohl
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Comments: I cannot take the honor in saying I was one of Rhyan's closest friends, but I can take the honor of saying I was one of her friends. I have shared classes with her for about three years. She didn't know me that well and STILL treated me like a good friend. Everyone around her felt welcome and special. She was one of the most caring and warm people I have ever known in my entire life. Her smile brightened every room she entered. Her sense of humor sparked happiness in everyone. Her kind heart reminded everyone that life is a beautiful thing. Her life was most definitely a beautiful thing. It is truly a tragedy that her life was cut so short...she had so many great things she was going to accomplish, you could see it in her eyes and her actions. - Rhyan you really were a angel on Earth. Now you are an angel in Heaven and we all love you. My prayers go out to her friends and her family.

Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - 09:56:15 PM

Name: Courtney Wood
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Comments: I didn't even know Rhyan that well and I have been on the verge of tears since I found out what happened. Rhyan was always ready to cheer anyone up with a song or joke or anything. She was truly an angel brought to earth. Rhyan gave the gift of laughter to everyone she met and that is truly a gift. She was an amazing actress with a beautiful voice and she will never be forgotten. RIP Rhyan, we'll always love you.

Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - 09:23:48 PM

Name: Lauren Shearer
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Comments: When I first met Rhyan back in 7th grade at a summer camp at the community college- we both were at each other's throats. We worked on a magazine together..but talked to each other as little as possible. When she spoke I tuned her out- and I think she did the same. But when she came to Brookville all that changed. I think we had both grown up and realized that the reason we acted the way we did in middle school was because we were both so much alike then- we both loved attention- and were probably the loudest people our friends knew..I realized that there was actually a girl out there that could talk as much as me-- but who still had so much to teach me about life- anyone who knows Rhyan knows she was probably THE most outgoing person at Brookville. Whenever I was in a bad mood..and all my friends would be careful not to say the wrong thing to me--Rhyan would basically tell me to snap out of it.. and make fun of me for even stressin over whatever it was I was worried about- she was awesome. I think the hardest part of all this is knowing that she's one of the few people that could comfort everyone..and make them smile despite everything-yet shes the one we're all mourning over. -Rhyan was incredible- and I know she's in a better place now- watchin' over all of us. I'm keeping all her family and friends in my prayers- Rest in Peace girl- you will never be forgotten.

Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - 08:41:12 PM

Name: Brittney Rich
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Comments: Rhyan...What Can I Say Girl You Always Made Me Laugh Even When I Was Down...Its So Hard To Think About You Not Being Here ..I Will Never Forget Last Year At Lunch Your Going To Be Missed So Much...Girl We Will All Miss You More Than You Can Imagine!~ I Love You Girl I Will Miss You Forever!!
Love Always Brittney

R.I.P Ryhan 12/21/02
My Love Goes Out To Her Friends And Family

Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - 07:46:32 PM

Name: Shauntay A Spinner
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Comments: I will never find a friend like Rhyan she was my grl and i cant believe she's gone just last yr i was at her house talking with her singing and playing the piano wit her and i gave her a gift and this yr i was going to do the same thing but i didnt get a chance and it hurts she was always there for me almost every nite around 8 or so we would talk and we had the same job she worked at Tomahawk Dp and i work here in altavista site dp and i would say how was your day at work she would say it was loud i would say i know wat you mean and Rhyan was a person if u step on her the wrong way she would let you know and then i remember when we had talked about doing a cd together i still have plans and im going to do one and im going to dedicate it to her and her family her mom is so nice and i just want every one to know that Rhyan will TRULY be missed by me and i could go on typing but im going to end it up with this her myself and shanetta we would be on the phone and we would tease each other about being RICH so i mean we had ior fun i knew Rhyan for 3 yrs and she became like a sister to me it hurts i was hurt when i was told and i took it bad and i was at he grave site today the 24th and i could tell she was loved by every one. So i ask you all to look for the cd umm i know it will be in memory of Rhyan but i dont know when ill do it so if u play instruments or sing let me know my e mail is may God bless u and MERRY Christmas

Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - 05:03:09 PM

Entry #60 - Name: Desiree'
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Comments: I didn't know Rhyan all that well. I have talked to her a few times. The first time I ever met Rhyan was back a while ago; when I went witnessing with my church in a local neighborhood. My friends, a youth leader, and me told her about Heaven. She accepted Him;-) She was a great person. She'll be deeply missed! R.I.P RHYAN!

Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - 12:48:37 PM

Name: Tisha
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Comments: Rhyan-You are truly going to be missed. You were one of a kind and I am glad I had the chance to get to know a beautiful person like yourself! I remember when I first got the news-Sunday Morning-I was in shock and I still cant believe you are gone. You had an impact on everyone you encountered..You will always be remembered for your beautiful smile and friendly personality! My prayers go out to all your family and close friends. *RIP-I'll never forget you!

Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - 11:41:38 AM

Name: Lindsay Bomar
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Comments: Rhyan, a fun loving girl that always had a smile on her face. Words can't express how shocked i was when i was told about what had happened to her. My only question was "Why at such a young age, she hadn't even began her life yet?" I always remember her getting my sister and my name's confused and always calling one of our friends "not the real twin." She was loved when she was her on earth and will continue to be. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Everyone misses you Rhyan, but we will never forget you,RIP.

Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - 11:00:29 AM

Name: Touched By an Angel
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Comments: Rhyan,
I have only met you once and you have touched me ever since. You are one of the most beautiful young women I have ever met and I looked forward to hearing about your success in the future. But you have always been successful Rhyan, you have touched so many with your warm heart and sweet smile. I just feel thankful to have had the chance to meet you.
My prayers are with you and your family, help them through this Rhyan.
You are forever missed.

Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - 09:40:55 AM

Name: Wendy
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Comments: I didn't know Rhyan that well, but she was in my History class, and she always brought a lot of warmth and happiness to our class. I never remember seeing Rhyan unhappy. She was always full of energy and had a beautiful voice. I just send out my prayers for all of her family and close friends. Rhyan was a great person, and now she is in a better place, and we will see her there. We will all miss you, Rhyan. You have made a difference in our lives more then you ever knew.

Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - 12:43:32 AM

Name: Sophia Chapa
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Comments: Rhyan..Where do I start? You were a trip and ALOT like me..I'm still in shock and can't believe your gone, things will never be the same w/o you. You and Antionette always knew how to make me smile. You had so many special gifts, and impacted so many lifes. God truly got an angel<33

Tuesday, December 24th 2002 - 12:40:09 AM

Name: Meghan Moon
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Comments: I can't say that I was one of Rhyan's closest friends. I was a Senior when she was a Freshman. But she was one of the most vibrant and energetic people I have ever met. She never met a stranger, and always had that unique smile. I know Mrs. Joplin was very proud to call Rhyan her niece. Too all of Rhyan's family, friends, and classmates: you're in my prayers and remember this-- "Even though God has chosen to take your body and soul away from our sights, your heart will combine with the ones you loved and you will remain on our shoulders as our guardian angel." *Rest in Peace Rhyan*

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 11:47:36 PM

Name: kelli
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Comments: Rhyan I LOVE YOU!!! You are truly an angel sent down from heaven and God just didn't want to share you anymore. it wont be the same in math class when i turn around but i know if you were still there you would have a big smile on your face and tell me to turn around.. My prayers go out to all of Rhyan's family and friends as we try to get through these times. Just remember she is the brightest star in the sky now she will be missed very much
Love always Kelli

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 11:32:51 PM

Name: Kelli McCafferty
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Comments: Rhyan where do i begin you are such an amazing person i will never forget you.!!! I wasn't that close with Rhyan but i considered her one of my friends. she could always make me smile just by sittin behind me and saying hi! She had a certain vibe about her that not a lot of people have. I don't understand why it had to be her. Brookville will NEVER be the same. Everyone who knew Rhyan loved Rhyan!!

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 11:27:58 PM

Name: Angie Cox
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Comments: I really don't know what to say other than i didn't know Rhyan that well but when I did talk to her she was the most funniest person i have ever met. she could make u smile know matter what. she is definitely remembered by her smile and laughter coming from down the hall. she was a very special person and I enjoyed being around her! I'm going to miss her truly but know that she is in a better place. I WILL MISS U ALWAYS RHYAN!!

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 11:19:57 PM

Entry #50 - Name: Sharon Anderson
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Comments: I didn't know Rhyan at all, but it's always so sad when the Brookville community loses someone, especially around the holidays. Everyone, stick together. You will get through this. To Rhyan's friends and family, she sounded like such a wonderful, caring, and giving person. My prayers will be with you all throughout this hard time. God bless you all, and rest in peace, Rhyan.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 11:05:24 PM

Name: Shawna
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Comments: That morning when I heard that Rhyan and my cuzin Marquita where in a car accident the first thing I asked was are they ok. Well my grandmother told me that Marquita was ok but Rhyan died and right then and there I knew and thought it wasn't true but my grandmother said it was. It's been hard trying to get over the fact that she is gone. While she was on this earth she has been a best friend, a big sister, and a mentor to me and I loved her for that. I had just seen her Friday night and talked to her and everything. I just wish I would have gotten the chance to say good bye but I know she's in a better place. Some of the good things I remember about Rhyan is that she would always smile, she liked helping out people. I know when I was going to the 8th grade dance last year she helped me get ready and she did my hair and I will always thank her for that. One of my quotes now for her is from the Aaliyah song I Miss U (Now your gone and i'm lost with out u here and now but I know I have to live and make it some how). Mrs. Hamliton and all the rest of the family your in my prayers. Rhyan u will always be one of my best friends and big sister, You are missed.

R.I.P Rhyan Hamliton

Love Shawna

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 11:05:08 PM

Name: Amanda Turner
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Comments: Rhyan,

I just got to know you real well this year. I remember when I first got to know you, you were great. You made me laugh and really enjoy high~school. You are someone I will ALWAYS look up too, as a friend, actor, even my Big Sister. I enjoyed watching you on BTV you were so funny. Just Friday 12/20/02 me and you were walking in the hallway together goin to class and you were just talking about the funniest things you have done. I will Always Miss you!! You are someone that BROOKVILLE will never forget. Just help me get through this and everyone else. One day me and you will see each other again. (can't wait)
Love you Always
Amanda Turner

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 10:57:20 PM

Name: Calli
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Comments: although i wasn't good friends with Rhyan, i still hear her laugh and see her smile...she was one of those people that are mysteriously happy all the time which made everyone want to be happy and smile along, everyone that's having a bad day looks forward to seeing that one person that is forever smiling, she always made me laugh/smile when we did talk or say hey in the hall she liked everyone, although Brookville wont be the same, there is an angel that is smiling down upon us everyday...Family and friends are in my heart and prayers and hope for all of you will get through this tragic time...
R.I.P Rhyan're deeply missed...

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 10:55:26 PM

Name: Shanetta Clements
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Comments: Rhyan... when i found out Sunday, I was in total shock!!! I am still in shock....what has got me through it, was going to church and having a prayer, that really helped... Rhyan, I would say, was my best friend, i don't know where i would be if I hadn't met her. When i think of the good times we had it really helps, I just can't believe it, but i know she is in a better place!!!! RHYAN I LOVE AND MISS YOU!!!

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 10:52:43 PM

Name: Amanda Mahaffey
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Comments: Rhyan you were truly an impact not just on our SODA kids but everyone you touched. It seems like just yesterday we were growling and body slamming each other in our Powder Puff Game but we made sure we were still friends. The summer SODA camp and your singing on stage, your constant preaching to us and always making sure that our spirits were high and making sure we were ok. I will truly miss you and I love you with all of my heart. I believe God gave you a gift to share with us here on Earth, make our lives more lively and our hearts warmer. Your beautiful voice will always be remembered here and we will hear you singing your beautiful hymns you always sung but from above now. I know you are enjoying your life in heaven and maybe even making the angels smile there like you did each one of us here. You will never be forgotten and always loved by everyone.


Love Always
Amanda Mahaffey

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 10:50:53 PM

Name: Heather Bryan
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Comments: Rhyan-what can i say that hasn't already been said? all i know is that when i hear her name i immediately think of her smile..she was always smiling. Her light shone so brightly ..i dont understand how it could be taken from us so quickly. She was truly an angel, always willing to talk to anybody, anywhere. My prayers are with everyone. I love you all..and careful, we can learn from this. I know that Rhyan is using that beautiful voice and vibrant smile right now in Heaven. We all love you Rhyan and we will see you again.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 10:36:52 PM

Name: Ernie Sawyer
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Comments: Rhyan was a very special person. She was very intelligent and outgoing. In everything she did, she put forth her best effort and made sure we knew it, too. Having her in Spanish this year was great. It is very sad that now we won't have her laughter or her smile cheering up the class. We have lost a great person in her. She will be deeply missed. We used to joke about her going to faraway lands and visiting important people and helping everyone. Now, she will truly live that lifestyle, as she was an angel in waiting. We will deeply miss her!

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 10:24:28 PM

Name: Amanda Rehnborg
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Comments: Even though I was a few years ahead of Rhyan, she always would come up to me and say hey and tell me how cute my little sister was. She was always smiling and was just a beautiful girl. I just saw her a couple weeks ago when she came in the mall while I was working and said hey. To everyone mourning keep your heads up and know that Rhyan is home now, I know how tough it is to lose a close friend. Learn from her vivacity and cherish life, because it can end so quickly. My prayers are with her friends and family, it's hard to understand these things sometimes but God has a plan for everything.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 10:12:10 PM

Name: Dusty*Lou
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Comments: I really didn't know Rhyan personally. I had talked to her maybe three or four times and I had always seen her in the hallways or on Btv, but every time that I seen her she was always having a huge smile on her face that even made me want to smile most of the time. Even though I didn't know her I know that it will take all of her close friends a really long time to get over her death. Brookville isn't going to be the same without her! I just hope that her family is goin to be ok and everyone too.
*Rest In Peace Ryhan* we are all going to miss you!

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 09:54:11 PM

Entry #40 - Name: Krista Allen
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Comments: Rhyan.. what more is there to say bout Rhyan that what has already been said. Like everyone has said she could always put a smile on someone's face and brighten everyone's day even if u were a close friend of hers or not. Her locker was only a few away from me and I remember seeing her every day and even tho we weren't close friends I still considered her a friend and she always had the time to say hey and ask how I was doing. I remember last year I had lost a close friend of mine from Heritage and she saw me at me locker. It was the day after he passed and me and a few others at Brookville that were close to him were having a rough time. Rhyan saw me crying at my locker and came over and like she does all the time she made me smile. She assured me that it was OK and that he was OK and that he's w/God and that's all the matters. Well I'm gonna take her advice right now. Although I miss her and I know its goin to be rough to get through school w/out seeing her I know its OK and that she's OK cuz she has gone HOME! Life is short but her life was short and sweet. I saw Rhyan on Friday and I remember the last things she said to me was have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Birthday! Rhyan u were one of heaven's angel's when u were here but now u've just been promoted to a higher level. Watch over all of us and keep us straight just like you would of done if u were still here. My prayers go out to her family and her other friends. I'm gonna miss you gurl I love you!
<3<3<3 Krista

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 09:25:01 PM

Name: Stephen Overstreet
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Comments: I can't honestly say I was one of Rhyan's best friends; I wasn't. To be honest, when I first saw her in my Spanish Class my Sophomore year, I was a little like "Who in the world is this girl?" But through my sophomore and junior years with her in my Spanish classes, and BTV my senior year, I have gotten to know her better, and can't imagine going back to school without her on the 2nd. I think everyone at Brookville knows who she is, and will miss her. We miss you Rhyan, and we know your making life in heaven better just like you did here on Earth.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 09:23:10 PM

Name: Julia Kober
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Comments: I heard just a few minutes ago what happened, I couldn't believe it, I didn't know Rhyan personally, just from walking through the hall ways and especially Btv. Btv with her was always so much fun, she always made jokes and let people laugh.
It is so sad to lose so a nice person with so much love and happiness. I always was thinking everything has a reason but when it happens I'm thinking why? Why always the nicest people?!
I won't forget you Rhyan, you are always in my memory. I know you can enjoy it know in heaven.
My prayers will be with you, your family and friends.
I'm so sorry, but I think Rhyan wants that we keep going and enjoy our life.
We have now a new WONDERFUL STAR in heaven, maybe we can see her smile in him.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 08:22:37 PM

Name: Ashlee Dunton
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Comments: Rhyan was one of those people no matter what kind of day you were having she would make you laugh. She had a joke for everything! She was soo outgoing and always had a smile on her face. Brookville will not be the same with out you girl...You've made a bigger impact on peoples lives in your 17 years, then some do in a life time. Thanks for all the laughs and smiles...You will be missed soo much! We all love you girl. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!!!
<3Much Love

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 08:04:59 PM

Name: Kristen Staton
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Comments: Rhyan...I Can't believe you're gone! I'll never forget last year 1st pd. when you had Pe/Dr.Ed. when I had weight liftin, You'd always crack jokes w/ Mrs. Abbott & They were so funny!& You'd always tell Me.. That I look and act Just Like Alex.. and I'd always laugh N Say I didn't I'll never forget you, Love always!
Kristen S.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 08:01:57 PM

Name: Mia Seidel
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Comments: Rhyan Hamilton..I can't believe that you died. It is hard to realize that. You were so young..too young to die! That is not fair! You were always so sweet to me and actually sweet to everyone. That's why everybody loves you so much. I will never forget you always made me laugh in Spanish! You had so much love, fun and joy in your heart. You will always be in my memory...I love you <3


Rhyan J. Hamilton

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 06:00:29 PM

Name: Heather Riley
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Comments: Rhyan will be greatly missed. I have only been friends with her since last year but we still talked mostly everyday at school and I had a few classes with her last year. It is truly an honor to know someone so great and special, she was such a great friend & was the type of person who could always make you smile. She was the life of the junior class and it will be so hard to go on knowing that she won't be around anymore. I know she is in a better place with God now and she would want all of us to smile and keep our heads up. Rhyan had so many things going for her and everyone knew of her in some way. I could always count on Rhyan to make me smile or laugh. we had a lot of jokes together especially last year in gym and Spanish and I can still hear her telling jokes and see her facial expressions. It's so awful to hear of something like this especially right here near Christmas. My prayers go out to her family and friends and just know that Rhyan is smiling down from heaven on all of us. When I heard the news I just didn't want to believe it. I thought,"No,it can't be Rhyan." Everyone loved her and she was a friend to many. How could this happen to such an important sweet person? God has his reasons and we will never know, what we do know is that she will forever be missed and loved. God Bless her family. RIP Rhyan, I love you always!!

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 05:51:03 PM

Name: Edie Fedder
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Comments: These past few days have been hard. All I can think about is my girl Rhyan and all the great memories we had in Chemistry and Math last year and in Physics this year and everything in between. Though these next few weeks will be hard for everyone we just will have to think about Rhyan and all of her jokes we had with her. She is with our Lord now and we will all see her again. To Rhyan's family I know you are going through a tough time that no one can understand but don't think of what has happened in the past few days but think of all the great memories you have made with Rhyan throughout the years. I will always remember your great sense of humor and your beautiful face Rhyan. Rest in Peace.
Love always,
Edie Fedder

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 05:32:20 PM

Name: Ashley Coffey
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Comments: Rhyan I'm truly going to miss you! I know you're in heaven right now looking down on us... I still don't really understand God's reason for taking you away from all of us..but I'm sure he needed a beautiful angel like you with him. I'm going to miss seeing you in the halls with your pretty smile and when you always said "HEY COFFEE CUP" haha that always brightened my day! Rhyan I love you and I'll miss you, you'll always be in my Heart and I'll never forget the impact you made on my life. I love you! *Family and Friends are in my prayers* <33 "Coffee Cup"

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 05:23:09 PM

Name: Jessica Jackson
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Comments: Rhyan--you were my best friend at brookville..not a day went by that i didn't wait for your car to drive in to pick me up for school, meet me at my locker, and tell me all the happenings of the night before :) You were my angel down here, lookin out for me thru everything...we went thru it all tho, i have a real angel lookin down on me from heaven...I know you're in a better place, and even tho I miss you and im not sure how im gonna make it without you, im so glad your in peace with no more pain and no more tears...I love you girl--a piece of you is forever with me walk this road okay??..

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 05:21:51 PM

Entry #30 - Name: Heather Grigsby
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Comments: I will always remember Rhyan with that beautiful smile & that amazing voice. She was truly a blessing to all the students at Brookville. She could always take time to put a smile on your face & make you feel loved, no matter who you were. She will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who were close to Rhyan. God Bless.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 05:04:13 PM

Name: Clemmie Allen
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Comments: I really don't think that I could get my thougts and mind together to sign this book. It has been really hard for me these past couple of days. When i heard that it was my good friend Rhyan i could not believe it. She will always be in my heart and I never forget the good times we had together lauging and acting trips together. She was truly and angel on earth and I can say that i was lucky enough to have those special moments with her. she is gone to a better place now and she be watching over us all.
My prayer and thoughts go out to the family

love you
~Clemmie Allen~

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 05:01:22 PM

Name: Tony Allen
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Comments: Although I was not close to Rhyan I did talk to her every once in awhile and never without a smile. I couldn't believe she had passed when I heard the news.. Rhyan we will miss you! My prayers go out to Rhyan's friends and family. God Bless

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 03:58:17 PM

Name: Jennifer Sippel
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Comments: I heard about Rhyan's accident yesterday morning from another friend of mine that graduated with me, and when she was telling me who it was, all I could think about was 'the girl that was in photography that i always saw in the hallways with a smile!' I was like "NO WAY!" She was truly one of the greatest people at BHS, and with all the other messages I've read, it seems she was always smiling and making people laugh. Rhyan, girl, even though I don't go to BHS anymore, I still remember your bright smile and your're gonna be missed. My prayers are with Mrs. Joplin and Rhyan's family.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 03:21:42 PM

Name: Kira Gottberg
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Comments: One can never forget the impact Rhyan had on all of us! She was such a vibrant person. I remember last year was the first year I had ever had any classes with her and we got thru Mrs. Duis's class together. Rhyan was my partner playing defense for the powderpuff game and many other times we had together. I will miss her especially now that I won't have her in front of me in English. Nothing can express the way one feels when things like these happen especially when they happen to someone you're close to. She will definitely be missed!

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 03:19:44 PM

Name: Amanda Storey
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Comments: Rhyan, I didn't believe it when I was told what happened. I am still expecting to see your face and hear your unforgettable laughter when we come back from break. You will definitely not be forgotten. I am so thankful that you found God, and accepted him as your Savior so you could be with your father again. My heart and prayers go to Mrs. Joplin and the rest of the Hamilton family.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 03:11:15 PM

Name: Kindsay Bomar
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Comments: When i was told Sunday morning about this i just couldn't believe it. I sat and thought about all the little things she would walk by and say. "Look at the cute little white couple :)" or "Kinzekoo" she always had a smile on her face and if you didn't you would after you saw her. She was one of those people you knew you would hear comin down the hall, or the ones you couldn't wait to see after every period. I just wanted to send my thoughts and prayers to the people even closer to her than i was.
*RIP Rhyan, we love and will miss you<3*

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 03:06:17 PM

Name: KT Rehnborg
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Comments: Rhyan was such an awesome person. It seemed as she was the life of BHS, and we will never forget her. Seeing her and talking to her in the halls each day was a guaranteed way to brighten my bad days. I remember in PE she use to sing with the prettiest voice. She was so vibrant and outgoing I was sure that wherever she was going in life it was going to be good. Undoubtedly Rhyan went to the best place of all and is looking down on us smiling as always. My love and prayers go out to other friends and all her family. We will always love and miss you Rhyan.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 02:42:16 PM

Name: Kara Nalley
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Comments: I did not know Rhyan or talk to her, only saw her in the halls and on BTV. I remember watching her just Friday, singing on BTV, she had an amazing voice and sweet personality. She made me laugh everytime I saw her on TV. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends, I know what it's like to lose someone so close. It jus makes you realize that it could've been you and not to take life for granted. I know she's in a better place and watching over us. ~God Bless~

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 02:33:20 PM

Name: Heather Jahnke
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Comments: I signed this yesterday but was so upset that i couldnt even type all that well, and i didn't say some things that i wanted to. I just wanted to say, i hope everyone will now realize how quick a life an be taken away, and to realize we all need to stick together not for just times like this, but everyday. None of us ever know how long we will be here, so we might as well try and make the best of it, and touch others hearts as Rhyan did to everyone she meet. Stay strong everyone! Rhyan we all love you, and miss you so much! Tell all of my other friends and family up there i said i love them as well!! You'll always be in our hearts.
love- Heather

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 01:52:28 PM

Entry #20 - Name: Jessie Wooldridge
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Comments: I didn't know Rhyan personally, only by seeing her in the halls or on Btv, but everytime I did see her, she always had a smile on her face. She had an amazing voice and an amazing personality, and she always knew how to make someone laugh, even if they were only watching her on tv. I understand how hard it is to lose the one you love. After all the deaths at Brookville, it makes you think how precious life really is. To everyone who knew her and were good friends with her, I'm really sorry and just remember that she'll always be watching over you. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. God Bless.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 01:40:01 PM

Name: Amanda Jones
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Comments: As I heard the news I sort of said.. No way, not Rhyan, Although I was not incredibly close with her there was never a day when she wasn't laughing or smiling, or making someone else do the same. She had an amazing personality that uplifted everyone she encountered. My thoughts and prayers are with her family through this time, along with everyone else at Brookville. Rhyan- keep smiling down on us hun...<33 we'll always remember you...--amanda

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 01:19:42 PM

Name: Ronta
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Comments: Ryan was a beautiful and special person. There was never a point in time when she wasn't willing to help someone who needed help. I remember last Christmas when I was having trouble picking out presents for the women in my family Ryan was there and she chose all my gifts all I had to do was pay for them. She will truly be missed and my prayers and thoughts go out to all the members of her family. Ryan is truly in a better place rite now and I know that my cousin Ses is wathching out for her.

Ryan we will all meet again in a better place Rest In Peace love always Ronta~

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 01:08:16 PM

Name: Lori Mahaffey
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Comments: I never knew Rhyan personally, but every morning when I used to take my lil Sis to School i would See Rhyan & Her Mom, She was Always Smiling going into school. She always walked tall and held her head up high. I also was a student in Mrs. Joplin's Class (Rhyan's Aunt). She always talked So highly of Rhyan and Her brother Keith, and how much she loved them. I graduated from Brookville in 2001. While I was there the BHS community has lost many loved one's.... too many. But to Rhyan's Friends & Family, and Everyone else who has lost a loved one, Remember, They Are all SMILIN :) DOWN ON US!!! My Thoughts And Prayers Are with the Hamilton Family & all of the Brookville Community... We must remember to stick together through the hard times.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 11:49:21 AM

Name: Eric Mendel
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Comments: Rhyan was a very special person. I can not recall a day that went by with her not laughing. Everyone loved her so much. There is no doubt in my mind that she is in a better place now smiling down on us. Rhyan we will never forget you and miss you forever.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 10:53:35 AM

Name: peter beland
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Comments: i didn't know Rhyan personally, but i do remember her being on btv always making me laugh and i really enjoyed hearing her sing. I'm sorry to hear about this once again and my prayers and thoughts go out to her family and friends. Please be careful guys!

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 10:20:38 AM

Name: Jenna Jenschke
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Comments: I don't even know where to start out, I think we all knew what a special person Rhyan was!, she brought the school to life...She was the person that made us all happy, she's the one that no one will ever forget, but the most important thing that she was, was that she was the person that showed us how important life is, and how we need to be extra careful when driving at night, I know how it feels to drive long distances and feel tired, (I'm glad that I've never fallen asleep at the wheel when driving) but for everyone out there, PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!!!!! I LOVE YOU ALL, even the ones who may not know, like, or care about me...we're all God's family, and we need to remember safe!!! ;) God bless you all!! RIP Rhyan!!!!!! We'll NEVER forget you!!!!
Love alwayz,

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 09:36:27 AM

Name: Mrs. Abbott
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Comments: They say that teachers can have a strong impact on a student's life - in the case of Rhyan - it was the other way around. Rhyan, I love you and miss you dearly. You were an angel here on earth! I have many fond memories of you and your amazing smile. You will never be forgotten. For Rhyan's family and friends, I will keep you in my prayers.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 09:09:21 AM

Name: Jessica Beck
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Comments: I knew Rhyan but not very well. But I know that she was nice to everyone, no matter who you were. She was so full of life. She had SODA 2nd period when i was leaving for my Elementary Teacher Assiss. class and just walking into the parking lot with her was a treat. She always made us laugh somehow. I don't know why something like this would happen to someone so sweet but God works in strange ways. She was truly the Life of Brookville. Always smiling and laughing. BHS won't be the same without you, girl. We Love You Forever!!

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 09:01:52 AM

Name: Bernard Mitchell
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Comments: This is truly a tragic loss. Rhyan was a good friend to all she encountered. She was the type of person who could just smile and turn your bad day into a good one. I remember the last time I saw her on a Friday night how happy she was .When people ask me years later about Rhyan Hamilton, the one thing that will come to mind is her contagious smile.

Rhyan we love you, see you on the other side.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 04:19:54 AM

Entry #10 - Name: Jeff Wilson
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Comments: Graduating in 2001, I only knew Rhyan a little. The times I would see her, she'd always have a smile on her face and she'd always holla, "Jeff" when we saw each other. I'd always have to smile and laugh, cause she was just one of those girls that had their own style, was very unique and always made you smile. Whether by cracking jokes are jus being herself, Rhyan was a great girl.  I hate to hear such a sad thing happen to a sweet person. My heart and prayers goes out to all of Rhyan's friends, family and everyone who knew her at Brookville. God bless you all. Keep ya'll head up! We know everything happens for a reason and God knows what's best. She was an truly an angel passing through on earth for a short while, until God called her to be with him at her real home in heaven.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 03:02:37 AM

Name: Heather Grogan
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Comments: Rhyan will forever be missed! She was a wonderful person with a great personality! No matter what group you hung out with, popular or not, she never made you feel any different! With a smile on her face and a hi for everyone Rhyan made Brookville a 'HOME' to everyone! It will never be the same with out her! We love you Rhyan and watch over all of us! We Love You Girl! God Bless!!! 'NEVER TAKE LIFE FOR GRANTED'

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 02:32:09 AM

Name: Ryan Woody
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Comments: I remember Rhyan always laughing and having a good time telling jokes, and picking on her in Spanish last year. I would always tease her about her being rich, and tell her to buy me things. But When i got the call Sunday morning, i was on my way to work, and when i heard what had happened I just couldn't believe it, how could something so horrible happen to someone so special and unique.  just do not know why, but i know that the Lord has a reason for everything. I wish that she was still here. But i know that she is with the Lord now. All of her family and her friends are in my prayers to get through this, as hard as it will be. We will never forget you Rhyan.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 02:15:34 AM

Name: Amy Hilton
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Comments: Rhyan was one of the best friends I will ever have. I love her with all my heart, and only by the grace of God am I able to move on, and get thru the days. Rhyan made me realize how beautiful life is, and I will always carry that with me. She was like my other half, during the day at school, whether it was in Btv, Drama, English, or Spanish, there was never a time when you saw me without Rhyan, or the other way around. We had so many jokes, so many laughs, and my world is falling apart knowing that she is not here to share those times with me anymore. Oh and lets not forget the songs, and the harmonizing...that was always fun. She was so amazing, so strong, and so admired. Rhyan is with God now, there is no doubt in my mind. It puts me at peace to be so sure that she is OK. She's shining, and she will continue to everyone, keep ur head up...b/c you know that she would tell us all to shut up and smile~it was just her nature. I love U Rhyan...and I don't know what I'm going to do without you***<333

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 01:30:07 AM

Name: Corey Miles
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Comments: Rhyan was a friend, not a very close one but a friend of mine and when I received word Sun. morning that the Lord took her life it made me think how fragile a life can be. I know people talk about this everytime a person they know passes on, but I seriously thought about it this time. We must not take a moment for granted, because their may not be a next moment. Don't be afraid to tell your friends that you love them. I know that people love to look toward the future, but the future is no guarantee. Live your life for that particular moment, "WIN- What's Important Now", and "leave it all out on the field", never walk away from something satisfied with a half-way decent job, strive for perfection. Rhyan lived every moment of her life for that moment, she seemed to brighten everyone's day, and it's just too bad that something like this happened. She will surely be missed.

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 01:27:24 AM

Name: Heather Jahnke
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Comments: I heard of the accident this earlier today and kept trying to tell myself it wasn't true, but within not even a minute I was so depressed and crying, I couldn't believe she was gone. Rhyan was a wonderful person. She was always so fun to be around, she always made you laugh even if you wanted to cry, she truly was a beautiful person, inside and out. Brookville will never be the same. She was truly one of a kind, and i know she will be missed by everyone who knew her. My heart goes out to all of her family and friends. May this be a lesson to those who take life for granted, i know i did. Rhyan, i will miss you and i want you to know i love you with all my heart, god bless you!!
Love always- Heather

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 12:15:58 AM

Name: Hannah Hampton
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Comments: Rhyan,
I still can't even believe that this happened and right before Christmas! I'm positive that NO ONE will ever be able to forget you and your sunny disposition! Whenever i was feeling down i couldn't wait to get to 3rd pd so you could make me laugh and cheer me up! Whenever i think about you, i'll be thinkin about all those good times and how beautiful of a person you were! You had an amazing voice, personality, sense of humor, and kindness! I will be praying for your family and friends! Watch over us...Luv ya girl WE'LL MISS YOU!!!!!! BTV WON'T BE THE SAME W/O YOU!!!

Monday, December 23rd 2002 - 12:11:47 AM

Name: kate
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Comments: i was in Btv with Rhyan she was a wonderful person.. she was the life of the class everyone wanted to be around her you couldn't have a sad day with her around. She could find a way to make you laugh no matter how bad the situation was.. And she was also there to comfort you when you were down... i will always remember the phrase "its because im black". i will truly miss her .. i cant believe it has happened.. my prayers will go out to her friends and family who have lost this wonderful gift from god even though it wasn't long for long.. she will forever leave an impact on those who knew her. WE MISS YOU RHYAN..... GOD BLESS

Sunday, December 22nd 2002 - 11:11:40 PM

Name: Courtney Ragland
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Comments: Rhyan will never be forgotten. She has brought me so many good memories of school and I will never ever forget her. She was an AMAZING person with such an uplifting personality and she possessed so many beautiful talents. We all miss her greatly. My prayers are with all of you, friend and family. May God be with us through this time. I love you girl always and always.

Sunday, December 22nd 2002 - 11:05:35 PM

Name: katherine hill
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Comments: I only knew Rhyan from b-tv, but everyone tells me about what an amazing person she was. it is terrible that we must undergo another loss like this, but its times like these when everyone has to pull together and try to be strong. my heart goes out to everyone who was her friend, all of her family, and everyone at Brookville. cherish the memories you have.

Sunday, December 22nd 2002 - 10:38:08 PM