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Junior Jake Parkhurst Passes Away

Update (March 7, 2014):

At the close of today's assembly, students paid tribute to Jake Parkhurst with a heartwarming rendition of "Sweet Caroline," the song played at every home game of Jake's favorite team, the Boston Red Sox.


Update (March 6, 2014):
Jake's celebration of life will be held Sunday, March 9 at 2:00pm in Welches, Oregon at the Resort at the Mountain. For more information, visit his family's Facebook event here.

Junior Jacob Parkhurst of Central Catholic High School has died of suspected bacterial meningitis. Jake was taken to the hospital on Sunday with symptoms consistent with meningococcal disease, and his family notified Central Catholic of his death Wednesday morning. Jake was loved by his classmates and was praised by his teachers for his hard work in the classroom and in the Campus Ministry department. Jacob was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing.

Jacob’s family issued a statement that read, “We are all deeply saddened and heartbroken at this time. We ask that you respect our privacy while we grieve our loss. Thank you.” We ask that the family is given space during this difficult time. Information about services for Jacob will be passed along as it becomes available.

Central Catholic was informed Tuesday morning that Jacob was in critical condition with a suspected case of meningococcal disease. At that time, a letter explaining the situation was emailed to all parents of current students. Emergency procedures were set in motion, and with the help of the Clackamas County Health Department, the school began the process of identifying students who were at an elevated risk of contracting the disease. The health department has identified those who could potentially be impacted and will follow up with them directly. 

For more information about the disease and how it is spread, please visit the Center for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html, or the Oregon Health Authority website at goo.gl/5SYjn5. Please review the information on these websites and contact your healthcare provider immediately if your child presents any of the symptoms listed.

For students, faculty, and staff who are impacted by this situation, on-site counseling will be available. Counselors, Msgr. Tim Murphy, Fr. David Shaw, Deacon John Rilatt, and Director of Campus Ministry, Danyelle Ramsey, will be available to talk with those affected. If you have questions about these tragic events, please contact Principal John Garrow at jgarrow@centralcatholichigh.org or 503-235-3138, ext. 104.