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The healing process begins..

Posted Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at 8:07 PM

A few weeks ago, the class of 2011 lost a valuable classmate with the death of Linzi Dudding. We join several other classes that have lost much loved members- a club no one is the slightest bit happy to join.

Fortunately, Linzi, one of the best debate partners I ever had, is not going to go forgotten.

I received this note in a link today. I hope you will donate, even if it's just buying some cotton candy at the game.

Linzi was such a bright and wonderful person- my heart is still broken from the loss, and I know many others are feeling what I've been feeling.

Mountain Home High School Debate Team

Establishes Linzi Dudding Scholarship Fund

The Mountain Home High School Speech and Debate team, in conjunction with the Dudding family, has established the Linzi Dudding Scholarship Fund for Speech and Debate Team members at Mountain Home High School.

" We wanted to honor the life of one of the most vibrant students I have ever had," Debate Coach John Petti said. " In keeping with what Linzi would have wanted, we will give away smaller scholarships to more students, therefore more students could benefit and none would have to be chosen over another."

Every Speech and Debate team member that competes three years on the team, including their last year in high school, and maintains a "B" average and has plans to go on to college would be eligible for the scholarship.

Tax deductable donations can be made to the Linzi Dudding Scholarship Fund at the US Bank in Mountain Home or sent to: Mountain Home High School Debate Team c/o Mountain Home High School 300 South 11th East, Mountain Home, ID 83647. Checks should be made out to the Linzi Dudding Scholarship Fund.

"We are hoping to get a lot of support from the community to keep this scholarship going for a long time," Petti added. "The Debate team will donate all of the money earned from cotton candy sales at the first home football game on Friday, September 2."

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So sad. Thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones. What was the cause of this young person's death?

-- Posted by CuriousParents on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 10:12 AM

Melodie, I am so proud of the way you express your thoughts and feelings and present them in such an eliquent manner. It was my pleasure to have you in class for four years. There are only a few times I have been slightly emotional in class and one was your farewell speech and the other was dealing with this. The citizens of Mountain Home should be honored to know that there are some very talented and thoughtful students like yourself that have attended MHHS. Students like yourself break down all the sterotypes others have of high school students. It will be my pleasure someday to say to a class of novices " I had SENATOR Lettkeman in my debate class." You will be succesful in any and all ventures you pursue.


-- Posted by mhdb8 on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 11:13 AM


I am so sorry for your loss. Friends are hard to find and keep in this transient world and when they die so young, it is even more heartbreaking.

I was in speech and debate in high school. Loved it. While I can't contribute to your cause personally, I applaud the initiative to set up the scholarship fund.

I will, however share your blog on facebook and see if we can get some interest in contributions.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 11:29 AM

So sorry to hear of this loss.

Will also share this page in hopes of support


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 6:07 PM

Thank you all for the kind words.

CP I don't know, its hard to get info so far away and I can't event fathom contacting her family for the purpose of asking. I do wish I knew though.

Mr.Petti, it was a fantastic and hectic four years and my some of my proudest moments took place on that team. I'll always be honored to call myself a talkin tiger.

-- Posted by lilmissmelmo on Fri, Aug 26, 2011, at 10:15 PM

Thank you, Melodie, but the more I think about it, it is not important really. The way a person leaves this world doesn't define who they were, what they meant to us, or how much we will miss them. I am so sorry that you lost such a dear friend.

-- Posted by CuriousParents on Sat, Aug 27, 2011, at 10:28 AM

I didn't know her however I did hear about her passing on facebook from some of my younger friends. It's a tremendous loss when someone leaves us at such a young age. My heart goes out to her family and friends. Thank you Melodie for bringing this to our attention.

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sat, Aug 27, 2011, at 2:04 PM

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