St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron celebrated the life of Taylor Ceepo on Sept. 28. Ceepo, a 2015 STVM graduate, died suddenly in May at the age of 22 while running the Cleveland Half Marathon. Her death was caused primarily by undiagnosed cardiomyopathy.
Ceepo was an outstanding student and a recent graduate of Walsh University. She was preparing for medical school, her lifelong dream.
Her family, friends, teammates and the STVM and Hoban soccer teams gathered at the 50-yard line to come together as one in Ceepo’s honor. While at STVM, she was a member of the girls soccer team.
Ceepo’s life was celebrated through a moment of silence and a prayer by Christine Spinner, STVM campus minister. Speeches were made by President Tom Carone; Jud Hartman, STVM girls soccer head coach and Ceepo's former coach; and MaryBeth Thomas, assistant girls soccer coach and Ceepo’s friend.
The Ceepo family was presented with her STVM soccer jersey in a special frame.
“The friendships she made through high school, college and her club soccer team were priceless to her,” said Anthony Boarman, STVM director of communications, head baseball coach and Irish Athletes for Christ advisor. “Taylor’s smile and upbeat personality brought love and joy to everyone that she touched.”
The ceremony shifted to the scoreboard area of the stadium where a tree was planted in Ceepo’s memory. The tree will be a symbol of Ceepo so her memory will continue to grow and she will never be gone. The evening concluded with a prayer from Father Norman Douglas, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Akron.
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