MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Amsey Grace Liebenow did it all at St. Mary’s Episcopal School.
She ran cross country, swam and was on the trap team. She participated in a mock trial, served on the honorary council, and played the piano and harp.
Liebenow died in a car accident on Sunday. She was 15 years old.
“She was a light in literally every community she was a part of at our school,” said St. Mary’s cross country coach Holly Hensarling.
Amsey’s death is particularly devastating for the small episcopal school, which has fewer than 300 high school students.
“These kids have known each other since they were three years old. There are 60 to 70 kids a year,” Hensarling said. “Just to see these kids, to imagine losing a person, a light like Amsey, has probably been the hardest week I’ve had as a coach and teacher.”
St. Mary’s honors Amsey by wearing yellow – her favorite color – in class and at all sporting events.
Wednesday was the first cross country competition in St. Mary’s since Amsey’s death. His teammates had the choice not to compete.
“We talked about what it might look like. How difficult it could be,” Hensarling said. “There was no doubt in their minds that they wanted to run. They said they were doing it, and we are doing it for her.”
St. Mary’s would win the competition: a little lift in an otherwise grueling week.
“This is going to be a huge motivation for us, just the love we have for her. Showing our love for her by showing up and performing, and supporting each other. The same way she does. ‘is presented and has loved and supported us all. “