The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 23, 2013

Friends say Amanda Kamposek had big plans for future

By MARGIE NETZEL - mnetzel@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

MADISON — Amanda Kamposek was shooting for the moon and had her head in the stars.

At 17 years old, Kamposek, a Madison High School junior, had big plans to expand her interest in astronomy into a career, friend Shaelin Hurley said.

Kamposek was killed Tuesday morning on her way to pick up a friend when her vehicle was struck by an oncoming cement truck on Route 528. She died instantly, Ohio State Highway Patrol reports show.

Now friends and family of the high school student are grieving.

Friend Nicole Crosley, 18, said Kamposek had “a heart of gold.”

“Amanda was always the life of every party,” Crosley said. “She had the warmest heart I have ever encountered in my life. No matter what kind of day it was, no matter what went wrong in her life, she always put a smile on her face. She didn’t let anyone tear her down.”

Kamposek was known for her book smarts and she took a sharp interest in math and science, Hurley said.

“Amanda was one of the smartest girls. She took so much pride in all of her schoolwork. She worked hard at it,” she said.

The 17-year-old was also “kind of obsessed” with her dog, Charlie, Hurley said.

“She loved that dog so much. I mean she considered her dog as one of her best friends. It was part of who she was. She was a goofball.”

This isn’t the first time the students in Kamposek’s class have attended a classmate’s funeral. Early last year 17-year-old Duane “DJ” Merriman was found dead, the victim of an enlarged heart.

Crosley said she felt cold when the announcement was made in school.

“I heard about what happened to Amanda over the announcements at school, but even before they said her name, I knew it was her. She wasn’t in her first class, so I just knew,” she said.

“Everyone is taking this very hard,” she said. “We are all really hurt and we are all so sad. We all loved her so much. We are missing her so much. She had dreams too big for this little town.”