Senftner shares suicide message

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Senftner shares suicide message

Lynn Senftner (RIGHT) with Timber Lake students who have received the Tate Senftner Memorial Scholarship awarded to a Timber Lake Middle School student each year: FRONT (L-R): Carlie Lawrence, Natalie Lawrence, Hayes Burress; BACK: Lexy White, Isaac Kraft, Hank Kraft.

When Lynn Senftner walked through the front doors of Timber Lake High School last Tuesday, she carried a different message from the ones she regularly shared with her students when she taught music here several years ago.

Speaking to students and staff from Grades 8-12, Senftner, who now teaches in Onida, delivered a cautionary tale about depression and suicide and how both affected her family on New Year’s Day in 2013 and every single day since. She was invited to speak as part of a section about mental health awareness in a new 8th Grade Lifeskills class.

Tate Senftner was an All-American type of kid … a handsome teenager who excelled in both academics and athletics. A multi-sport standout for the Sully Buttes Chargers, he earned four letters in both football and basketball and five in track and field. He was awarded All-Conference, All-Area and All-State honors multiple times in both football and basketball and played in four state tournaments. After graduating from high school, Tate attended Northern State University where he was a walkon for the football program.


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