Celebration of Life for Rachel Odima May 28

Media Contact:
Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509-682-6436
Dr. Chio Flores, vice president of student services and enrollment management, 509-682-6805

Rachel OdimaA celebration of life honoring WVC student Rachel Odima, will take place around the fountain on the Wenatchee campus at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. WVC students, employees and members of the community are welcome to attend. Odima’s family will also be in attendance.

Odima was killed in a car accident over the weekend. She was an Associated Students of WVC (ASWVC) Student Senate member and Knight Women’s Basketball player on the Northwest Athletic Conference championship team this year. She was on track to graduate from WVC this spring.

The celebration of life will be hosted by ASWVC and WVC Athletics. WVC Athletic Director Kyle Vierck will emcee. The event will include a balloon signing, coordinated by the women’s basketball team and student senate. Attendees may write messages or share memories on yellow balloons (Odima’s favorite color) and release them at the end of the event.

After the balloon release, attendees are welcome to gather around the fountain to share stories and memories.

Counseling services are available to the WVC community. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Center on campus will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday. WVC counselors and staff will be there during that time for anyone who would like to talk. WVC counselors may be reached at counseling@wvc.edu or (509) 682-6850. A local crisis hotline is also available for those who need it at 509-662-7105 or 1-800-852-2923.


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