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Tribute to Clay-Battelle's Sydney Rush


The Clay-Battelle High community lost a loved one on Monday night in an automobile accident outside of Blacksville, WV. Sydney Rush was beginning her junior year of high school and in classes such as AP Chemistry. She was an honor student, a state champion cheerleader, a state champion track runner, and a positive role model to those in the community.  Sydney was involved in various clubs including Young Life Christian ministry, Junior class Secretary, Monongalia County 4-H, Teen Leaders, the Wadestown Busy Bees 4-H, Honor Society, and many others. She will forever be loved and missed.



Words from RSN Sports Network

Dear Rush Family, Students, Staff & Community of Clay-Battelle High,

We have recently been made aware of the tragedy that has resulted in the loss of your loved one.  We feel how weak and fruitless must be any words or ours which should attempt to shield you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming.  But we cannot hold back from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the wonderful memories of a life so complete with the beloved impressions Sydney was able to give to this world.  We pray that our Heavenly Father may soothe the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost and the solemn pride that must be yours to have both shared Sydney with this world and given her back to our Lord’s company.

Yours with utmost sincerity and respect,

RSN Sports Network

On behalf of our entire staff

& the thousands that follow us.

Adapted from the words of President Lincoln



Words from Clay-Battelle student body leaders

Today, many hearts around Clay-Battelle and Monongalia County 4-H are heavy. Many don't know how to react or even how to feel. I, like many others, am hurting and looking for answers. We ask God "Why? Why her? Why?" and he doesn't necessarily give an answer. Just keep in mind that God knows more than any of us could even dream of knowing, He knows what's best in the long run for all of us. He may not be fair, however He is just. Sydney Rush is missed, and always will be missed, is loved, and always will be loved. I personally can recall many times where she brought a smile to my face on a bad day, or made me laugh when I was upset, or made me happy when I was angry. If you knew Sydney at all, you'd know that she always lit up the room when she walked in and brought people up when they were down. It is important that we not wear ourselves down or ask too many "What if's". I believe she'd want us to not be upset but to smile over the fond memories we have of her. Let her smile still make you happy, let her positive attitude bring joy to your day." - Student Body President Eric Finch


Other Comments 

James Dalton, her track coach said "You couldn't ask for a better kid. She's the best there is"

"Sydney was an excellent student and an accomplished athlete who was involved in all aspects at the school. She will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time." Clay-Battelle Middle/High School Principal, David Cottrell

Her Wadestown 4-H leader Crystal Spears stated "Sydney was like a second daughter to me. She just loved to run and loved track"

"She was a tremendous student, athlete and state champion. Everything she did she gave 100 percent. She was top of the line" - CB Track Coach Ted Cline

Friends may call at the Tennant Funeral Home in Hundred Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 2-9 p.m. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday. Memorial contributions can be made to the Sydney Rush Memorial Fund, c/o Huntington National Bank, PO Box 65, Blacksville, WV 26521