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Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 11:59 am | Updated: 10:26 am, Mon Jan 6, 2014.

UPDATED: FRIDAY 11 A.M.

Katelyn Hank may have been shy at times, but that never stopped others from noticing her bright smile and kind heart. 

Her activism throughout the community gave her many opportunities to make friends and contribute to life in this small town. Whether is was marching in the band, singing in the choir, helping out at her church or leading the tennis team as a captain, the Le Sueur-Henderson junior was there to make an impression. 

"She definitely had the kindest heart," said her mother, Tonya Hagen of her daughter who died Dec. 31 from injuries suffered in a sledding accident. "She was a person that anyone could go and talk to. She was always there with a smile on her face." 

Hank's smile and laugh lit up a room, but at times you didn't even have to be in the same room to know she was around. 

"She sang in the shower and in her bedroom ... she sang everywhere," Hagen said. "I am going to miss that along with her smiling face and laugh the most." 

The accident

Family members said Hank and a group of friends went sledding on a hillside on Doppy Lane to celebrate New Year's Eve. But while going down the hill, Hank slid into a tree. 

According to Le Sueur Police officials, Hank was responsive at the scene after the accident occurred, but complained of abdominal pain. Police also said Hank's condition worsened at the scene before she was taken by ambulance to Minnesota Valley Health Center in Le Sueur.

An air ambulance was called and arrived at MVHC, but was never used because Hank died at the hospital.

Hank was active in the community, school and her church. She was a captain of the tennis team, a cast member in the school's fall musical, a member of the speech team, band, choir and had a passion for the outdoors. She also worked at Pizza Ranch in Le Sueur.

Hank's tennis coach, Linda Seaver, said Wednesday morning that she was deeply saddened at the news of Hank's passing and was simply at a loss of words. 

"All I can say is that this is devastating," Seaver said. "Katelyn was a very kind and caring person." 

Friends of Hank couldn't agree more with Seaver. Many of Hank's friends took to social media to share their memories and celebrate the life of their lost friend. Carlie Brandt, also a co-captain of the tennis team, wrote about Hank's caring personality. 

"Katelyn Hank, you are a beautiful girl with an amazing smile and the biggest heart who was taken way too soon," Brandt wrote on Instagram. "You always made sure no one was left out. Being a captain with you was the greatest gift of all. You made a forever lasting impression on every person you met. I learned a lot from you... You might not be there, but I know you'll be right by my side because you would never miss that. RIP beautiful angel, you will be very missed. Love you!"

The unexpected death has sent shockwaves through the community once again. Last November, another LS-H student, Dackotah Montgomery, died from injuries sustained in a car accident.

The middle/high school at LS-H reopened Thursday and Friday to offer counselors for students and staff needing support in the wake of Hank's passing. 

Principal Kevin Enerson said the school will continue to provide counseling during the first week students and staff return to school from the holiday break. 

"One is hard and two is really unbelievable," Enerson said of the recent passing of two students. 

"We are all in shock. Tragedies like this aren't fair, but it's sometimes the way life is. You can't prevent things like this so we will be there for each other to offer support. We talk about how import school is, but there are more important things in life." 

Enerson also said other communities and schools from around the state have offered their support with extra counselors and anything else that may help out.  

"Everybody is willing to help," he said. 

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UPDATED: THURSDAY 9:20 A.M.

Le Sueur-Henderson High School junior Katelyn Hank died Tuesday night due to injuries suffered from a sledding accident.

According to Le Sueur Police officials, Hank was responsive at the scene — on a hillside near Doppy Lane — after the accident occurred, but complained of abdominal pain. Police also said Hank's condition worsened at the scene before she was taken by ambulance to Minnesota Valley Health Center in Le Sueur.

An air ambulance was called and arrived at MVHC, but was never used because Hank died at the hospital.

Hank was an active student-athlete at LS-H as a captain of the tennis team. She was also a cast member in the school's fall musical and a member of the speech team. According to Hank's Facebook page, she worked at Pizza Ranch in Le Sueur.

Hank's tennis coach, Linda Seaver, said Wednesday morning that she was deeply saddened at the news of Hank's passing and was simply at a loss of words. 

"All I can say is that this is devastating," Seaver said. "Katelyn was a very kind and caring person." 

In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Le Sueur-Henderson School leaders said that counselors will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the middle/high school for students and staff needing support in the wake of Hank's passing.

"We at Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools are very saddened about the recent passing of our student, Katelyn Hank," said the statement.  

"Additionally, we will continue our support when school resumes on Monday Jan. 6. We extend our sincere sympathy to Katelyn’s family and friends."

The unexpected death has sent shockwaves through the community once again. Just a few months prior, another LS-H student, Dackotah Montgomery, died from injuries sustained in a car accident.

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UPDATED: WEDNESDAY 2:23 P.M.

Family members have confirmed that Le Sueur-Henderson High School junior Katelyn Hank died Tuesday night due to injuries suffered from a sledding accident.

Hank was an active student-athlete at LS-H as a captain of the tennis team. She was also a cast member in the school's fall musical. 

Hank's tennis coach, Linda Seaver, said Wednesday morning that she is deeply saddened at the news of Hank's passing and was simply at a loss of words. 

"All I can say is that this is devastating," Seaver said. "Katelyn was a very kind and caring person." 

In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Le Sueur-Henderson School leaders said that counselors will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the middle/high school for students and staff needing support in the wake of Hank's passing.

"We at Le Sueur-Henderson Public Schools are very saddened about the recent passing of our student, Katelyn Hank," said the statement.  

"Additionally, we will continue our support when school resumes on Monday Jan. 6. We extend our sincere sympathy to Katelyn’s family and friends."

The unexpected death has sent shockwaves through the community once again. Just a few months prior, another LS-H student, Dackotah Montgomery, died from injuries sustained in a car accident.

*  *  *  *

Family members have confirmed that Le Sueur-Henderson High School junior Katelyn Hank died last night due to injuries suffered from a sledding accident.

Hank was an active student-athlete at LS-H as a captain of the tennis team. She was also a cast member in the school's fall musical. 

Hank's tennis coach, Linda Seaver, said Wednesday morning that she is deeply saddened at the news of Hank's passing and was simply at a loss of words. 

"All I can say is that this is devastating," Seaver said. "Katelyn was a very kind and caring person." 

The unexpected death has sent shockwaves through the community once again. Just a few months prior, another LS-H student, Dackotah Montgomery, died from injuries sustained in a car accident.

More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available. 

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