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Polar Plunge to benefit Rye High School seniors, memorial for student

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Turning tragedy into triumph: that's the goal of a Polar Plunge fundraiser happening soon in the small town of Rye. 

The event will honor Rye High School student Maggie Peters who passed away two years ago. 

The money raised will go to a scholarship fund for seniors at Rye High School. 

Maggie's mom told News 5 that it will give other students the opportunity to achieve their dreams, something she wanted for her own daughter. 

"Maggie would graduate this year. She would be in the class of 2018," said Karen Hopkins, Maggie's mom. It was in November of 2015 when Hopkins lost her 15-year-old daughter to suicide. 

Friend Ashlyn Romine said, "I miss just having her here and hearing her talk, and her smile and stuff."

Emma Romine, Maggie's best friend, said, "I know she really had big dreams and if she was still here she would be able to go very far."

Ella Peters said, "Maggie is my sister and she was very athletic and outgoing, and loved to do fun stuff."

Fun stuff like a Polar Plunge, an event happening on December 16 in Maggie's honor. 

The goal is to raise enough money to give all 60 seniors at Rye High School a $500 scholarship. 

Hopkins said, "We really wanted to make sure that we started the scholarship this year so that we could give a scholarship to her classmates and help them achieve their dreams." 

The Polar Plunge isn't just about raising money, but also, to send a message. 

Maggie's friend William Goos said, "While it is a good fundraiser too for the senior class, much more importantly, it's going to be raising awareness for suicide prevention." 

Hopkins said, "Part of our motivation in doing this is to give her classmates and to give the community the opportunity to grieve together, and to celebrate life together." 

Emma Romine said, "This year has been really hard without her, but I know that she's still with us."

Hopkins says she hopes the Polar Plunge becomes an annual event to help Rye seniors for years to come. 

For information on the event click here. Due to the amount of ice on San Isabel Lake, the location for the plunge will now be held at Lake Beckwith.

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