Michelle was one of my all-time favorite students. Her kindness and good nature endeared her to everyone who knew her. She was a fine musician and a fine young person who will be sorely missed. Words fail me when I try express the sense of loss I feel. We used to talk and laugh before and after school, and on orchestra tours and during class, where she was always one of the first to be seated and ready to play. Michelle always knew her part and practiced hard. She was a leader, both musically and spiritually. My sympathies to her family and friends.