More than 200 teary-eyed students and teachers gathered Tuesday afternoon in the gymnasium at North Tahoe High School to remember a classmate, a student, a dancer and a friend.
Mia Eriksson, the North Tahoe High senior who was killed recently in a horse riding accident, would have turned 18 years old on Tuesday.
“She would have been an asset to society in every way,” said Bridget Paul, one of Eriksson’s English teachers. “She gave 110 percent.”
Fellow seniors hosted a memorial to honor Eriksson, which included a rendition of “Amazing Grace” sung by Kendall Naughton, and a dance performed by Emily Ash, Kim Moore and Amy Terzian.
The students planned a brief slideshow with photos of Eriksson dancing and with friends, but due to technical difficulties could not begin the presentation. Instead, Naughton sang Eriksson “Happy Birthday.”
Earlier in the day, the high school hosted a brunch ceremony and planted a tree in front of the building in honor of Eriksson. Additionally, by the end of the school year there will be a plaque with the names of both Eriksson and her sister, Shana, who was killed in a similar equestrian accident.
Tahoe Tree donated and delivered the tree and BMP Landscaping donated their time to dig the hole, according to Paul.
Eriksson died Nov. 4 in a Southern California horse riding competition after she fell from her 7-year-old gelding horse, Koryography. Her death came almost three years after her older sister died riding from the stables of California State University, Fresno campus.