Some veterinary technology students from Pierpont Community & Technical College are continuing to honor a fallen classmate by putting their education to work while raising money for a scholarship fund in her name.
"Angela was the type of person who had an impact on everyone she met. Angela would be here, jumping right in and helping this cause," said instructor Sherry Grudi.
For those in the program, their most recent fundraiser meant even more than ones in the past. Last fall, one of their own, Angela Claypole, 22 of Flemington, was killed in a car accident.
"We were out on a farm call last September 17th, and the next day is when the tragic accident occurred. It impacted the program itself, and it has drawn this group of students closer together," said Grudi.
So in honor of Angela, students and faculty got to work, grooming dozens of dogs and cats to raise money for the memorial scholarship, which will help a second-year student reach his or her goals in the program.
"We gave them a bath, which includes a nail trim, ear cleaning, condition, shampoo....we give them a little extra love too, all the time, we like to love on them," said student Whitney Bland.
"The $500 can help them purchase books, traveling expenses, or something like that," said Grudi.
The pet washes may not be the easiest of tasks, but when things got a little hairy, students remembered their fallen classmate.
"No matter how bad they were, or how scared they were, she was always there just loving on them," said Bland.
"That's just the type of girl she was, she was very caring, very outgoing, and she would be very proud to have her name attached to a scholarship fund," said Grudi.
To donate to the Angela Claypole Scholarship Fund, you can send a check to:
Pierpont Community & Technical College
SVTA Veterinary Technology Program
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
ATTN: Sherry Grudi