I had the good fortune to be Kayden's third grade teacher at Hill Elementary. She was one of those special kids who thought of everyone as her friend. She was kind and always willing to give a helping hand. She loved her family, and especially loved being a big sister. I feel blessed to have been a part of her life. 12/5/17 JoEllen Claybrook
We were passionate about German. At lunch I would always go to German and Kadyn is always there. Normally it would be us and Frau Weaver and maybe one other person who Kadyn would help tutor. Often we would both work on homework but when one of us three (Frau Weaver, Kadyn, or I) had an angering experience. we would have the most cathartic ranting sessions that would get out our stress and help us return to our work and school. The portable feels empty now, no rants, no anything. Kadyn was very special she was there and I know we weren't the best friends or even good friends, but she was a positive part of my life and we all need as many of those as we can get. Kadyn told it like it was and was one of the most dedicated German students and learners. I am so sorry for your loss, my heart breaks for you. Ich vermisse Kadyn. 12/5/17 Sean Hall
Kadyn was so great. I was in German with her the past couple years, and the remarks she made in class made every day a little bit funnier and a little bit brighter. On our trip to Berlin she was always there to watch over people and make sure we were safe and laugh at everyone doing dumb things. She was a part of our German family and I am going to miss her so much. I am so excited for the day that I see her again. I love you Kadyn. 12/5/17 Ingrid Kinney
When Kadyn joined the Kealing Band in eighth grade, I can still remember the feeling of awe I felt ever time I heard her play. She would play scale patterns and arpeggios to the highest register of sound a flute can produce, and in the process would impress our band director Ms. Robison every time. When high school started, I remember always knowing when Kadyn was practicing in one of the practice rooms because I could always hear her resonant sound vibrating through the hallways leading up to the band hall. Marching band was when I was truly able to get to know her and her small quirks that we all cherished as members of the flute section. During rehearsal she was meticulous, always working hard to perfect her sets and those of the people around her, something that I always respected about her. Outside of rehearsal it was her goal that we beat the other sections in "band olympics" and enjoy all our band activites. She designed and drew our flute posters every year to perfection, which were by far the best in the band and would always win the best poster. She honestly is one of the most talented and driven people I've ever been around and I am grateful to have had the privilege to have known her. I will surely miss her and hope the best for her and her family. 12/6/17 Tanmay Arora
It’s been a few years, but I loved how when we moved into the house on Asmara Ct., there always seemed to be a party in the cul-de-sac. On any given summer night there was a parade of kids on bikes and scooters going up and down the hill. Your family was always so warm and welcoming and I know Maddie enjoyed the birthday parties. I remember vividly one event at your house when Kadyn and Erin were riding around inside the house on the swing scooters. I was jealous that I had never thought of that - they were having a blast! It’s my great hope that Maddie will grow to cherish those carefree days and feel fortunate she was surrounded by such a warm and happy community of neighbors. Sending so much love to your whole family. Jana and David Thibodeaux. 12/7/17
A memory of Kadyn
I first met Kadyn in my seventh grade year, her being in her last year at Kealing. She was in my German class, and it was only recently that I realized it was her first year in German, and that she would be continuing in the next class one would usually take for a full year the semester after. I had thought that she had been taking my class again because of her passion and level of expertise on the subject matter. She once did a project about introducing ourselves and used a concept that I had never heard of before (saying "ich kann Deutsch", literally "I can German", is grammatically correct). I remember being completely amazed by her intelligence, and I looked to her as a role model from that point on. I have other memories of her sitting in the German room, working on Sprachfest, and being my partner during the showcase, but this memory is the one that left a lasting impression on me, and I revisit that time in my head every day I can. Kadyn, I miss you. You are my inspiration, and there is no amount of time in the world that would be able to change that. Danke schön, und bis bald.
Lydia Coleman 2/12/18