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'Dirt Bike Buddies' Remembered In Mount Olive

Clyde Schimanski and Nick Cianciotti, a pair of friends who loved the outdoors, will be 'sorely missed.'

As the recovery efforts conclude for the bodies of 15-year-old Mt. Olive High School students Nick Cianciotto and Clyde Schimanski, school superintendent Larrie Reynolds shared thoughts on the “tragic loss of two of its promising students.”

“Nicholas Cianciotto and Clyde Schimanski were valued members of the Mount Olive High School learning community and will be sorely missed,” Reynolds said. 

According to Reynolds, Schimanski is being remembered as a practical joker who loved dirt bike riding and hoped to be a mechanic after graduation while Cianciotto is being called a “generous and caring young man with a heart of gold.” 

Reynolds said that both students were “dirt bike buddies” who enjoyed being outdoors.

Reynolds said that over the past two days Mount Olive High School personnel have met with a number of grieving students; providing counsel and comfort as they dealt with this tragedy. 

“Our counseling team will remain available to meet with students and assist the community throughout the week,” said Rob Feltmann, Assistant Principal for Student Services.  “Should parents or community members require additional resources or suggested interventions they should feel free to contact the High School Guidance Office at 973.927.2208 extension 7301.” 

Kevin Stansberry, principal for Mount Olive High School, said addressing the issue is important for those affected.

“At times like this, it is a good idea for you to address these circumstances with your child and support them as they deal with their grief,” Stansberry said.

Reynolds said the thoughts and prayers of the Mt. Olive education community was with those suffering.

“We pray that the pleasant memories of these young people assuage their bitter losses,” Reynolds said.

Liberty January 10, 2013 at 08:32 PM
A Grieving Teen Has the Right to... Know the truth about the death, the deceased and the circumstances Have questions answered honestly Be heard with dignity and respect Be silent and not tell you his or her grief emotions or thoughts Not agree with your perceptions and conclusions See the person who died and the place of the death Grieve any way she or he wants to without hurting self or others Feel all the feelings and to think all the thoughts of his or her own unique grief Not to have to follow the "stages of grief" as outlined in a high school health book Grieve in one's own unique, individual way without censorship Be angry at death, at the person who died, at God, at self and at others Ignore people who are insensitive and spout cliches Have his or her own theological and philosophical beliefs about life and death Be involved in the decisions about the rituals related to the death Not be taken advantage of in this vulnerable mourning condition and circumstances Have irrational guilt about how he or she could have intervened to stop the death (A Grieving Teen has the right to... by the Dougy Center)
PETER January 11, 2013 at 02:43 AM
How terrible . My prayers are with all of your families : Death is nothing at all I have only slipped away into the next room I am I and you are you Whatever we were to each other That we are still Call me by my old familiar name Speak to me in the easy way you always used Put no difference into your tone Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow Laugh as we always laughed At the little jokes we always enjoyed together Play, smile, think of me, pray for me Let my name be ever the household word that it always was Let it be spoken without effort Without the ghost of a shadow in it Life means all that it ever meant It is the same as it ever was There is absolute unbroken continuity What is death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind Because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you for an interval Somewhere very near Just around the corner All is well. God Bless Peter U.K.

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