Cherylynn Monno, the 16-year-old Navarre girl who was killed in a car accident Sunday night, was a “beautiful, intelligent and outgoing young lady who made a positive impact on this campus,” Navarre High School principal Brian Noack said.
Noack said Monno’s teachers were in tears and disbelief when they learned of the accident.
“She just recently participated in the Ms. NHS Pageant, and she took an active leadership role while serving on her sophomore class board,” Noack said. “She took great pride in her studies as she challenged herself with both honor and advanced placement courses while maintaining a high grade point average.”
Noack said the school will have trained grief counselors on campus when students return tomorrow from spring break.
“The NHS faculty, staff and student body will miss Cherylynn’s presence on campus but will always remember her special ways that set her apart from others,” he said.
Police said Monno was driving her Hyundai Tuscan southbound on U.S. Highway 231 in Jackson County at about 6:20 p.m. when the car began hydroplaning, causing her to travel into the median and subsequently into the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 231.
Justin Perkins of Alabama was traveling northbound at the same time Monno entered the northbound lanes. The front of his Dodge Ram struck the right side of Monno’s vehicle.
Perkins and his passenger sustained minor injuries.