Jonathan Law mourns student who died unexpectedly
A junior at Jonathan Law High School, Laura Gonzalez, died unexpectedly Wednesday, and the school is offering counseling for students and staff.
“It is with a heavy heart that I share this sad news today. Last night, we learned that we lost a beloved member of our Jonathan Law High School family,” School Supt. Dr. Elizabeth Feser said in a press release Thursday. “Laura Gonzalez, a junior at Law, passed away unexpectedly last night.
“Laura was a caring, kind, bright young woman with an ever-present smile. She was an honor student and an active member of the Law community,” Dr. Feser said.
A top student who ranked 5th in the Class of 2016, Laura was a member of the National Honor Society and a recent recipient of the Wellesley Book Award for excellence in the classroom and in personal achievement. She received multiple academic awards during the past three years at Jonathan Law, including the All School Academic Award in Journalism.
Laura was an active athlete while at Law as a member of the girls swim team, the girls lacrosse team, and the Law track team. She served as manager of the boys swim team.
“Laura had a particular interest in serving her community, having earned 207 service hours by volunteering her time for many clubs and organizations over the past three years,” Dr. Feser said. “Two major areas of her service included work with the Special Olympics and the Pulsera Project (an organization that raises money for students in Nicaragua).”
Dr. Feser said Laura was a friend to anyone she encountered and possessed a quiet grace that drew people to her.
“She will be missed deeply,” Dr. Feser said.
Counselors will be available at the school today and tomorrow for anyone who needs support.
“We ask the community to keep Laura and her family and friends in your prayers, as well as the entire Jonathan Law community,” Dr. Feser concluded.