Andover Community Reflects On Alice

So my Senior year, Alice was walking, and it was a rainy, really cold day…and it was approaching 7 o’clock, and I was passing in front of Foxcroft. I see Alice coming, completely wet, and I’m heading back to Paul Revere, and of course I don’t have keys. So I go up to her and ask her, “Hey are you going back to Paul Revere?” She says yes, and we start walking back, but she’s walking really slowly. So I ask her what’s wrong, and it turned out she had walked downtown and back with her friends in the pouring rain. And her justification for doing that (I thought she was nuts) was simply, “I can.”

-Angelica Jarvenpaa ‘11

If I had to pick one memory, the thing that struck me about Alice was that one time I was telling her about my family situation, and she wouldn’t let me leave until I had explained the story to her. I kept saying “I’m fine, it’s not a big deal, you have your own stuff to deal with,” and she made me tell her my story, and she was genuinely overwhelmed with how hard that must have been for me. She just kept being like, “I can’t believe you went through that, I can’t believe you’re so brave.” And I was just like, “Are you kidding me?” There was no limit to her capacity to care about other people, even though she could’ve rightly been completely focused on herself and her own challenges.

-Sosha Sullivan ‘11

Just before the start of school, this past September, I heard Alice was returning. I was very excitied to hear that news! I was working my table outside of GW. Next thing I know I got bumped, hugged and kissed by Alice. How wonderful! We had a short chat, said we would see each other soon, and then sent her on her way to check in. That really made my day!

My last chat with Alice was the last week before she headed home. On a ride to Isham, once again we conversed about a number of things happening around us. Once at Isham, I walked in with her. We hugged and said “Good Night, friend…”

-Wendy Cogswell, Public Service Officer

Alice introduced me to the movie “Heathers,” a dark comedy and a coming of age film. As me, Karen Morales, and Alice sat on her bed, watching this incredibly funny movie, I remember how Alice told me, “Ben, you’ll like this film. It’s totally you.” It struck me that she got me–she got my humor, and the way I looked at the world. God, that whole realization came while watching some corny ‘80s flick.

-Ben Talarico ‘11

Everytime Alice and I would be walking through campus, Alice would never fail to stop to have uber long conversations with random people on the path. She was always so talkative, and always had something witty and interesting to say. Sometimes, the things that would come out of her mouth would be downright ridiculous, but that’s what made her so hilarious and amazing.

-Karen Morales’12

I’ll never forget all the times we laughed; all the times we cried. I’ll never forget our awkward jokes. We made a lot of people feel uncomfortable. You helped me step out of my shell; you made me realize it doesn’t matter what other people think. You’ll always be part of the M.A.M.A.s; you’ll always be in my heart. I can’t believe you’re gone. I miss you so much. I’ll never forget all the late nights we stayed up practicing for the Coffee House. I remember how nervous we were, but when you got up on that stage you were flawless and incredibly confident. You have an amazing voice. You are my friend. You are my confidant. You are an angel. God took you away from us too soon. I love you chica.

-Alex Morrow ‘12

Her first year here, when she was still in the power chair, she used to ride that thing so fast. Anyway, we’d learned each other’s names, and one day we were all walking to All-School Meeting and she almost runs me over on that thing. I yelled, “Watch where you’re going, Alice!” She yelled back, “If you can’t take it, stay out of the road, Hawthorne!” She just kept going, and got stuck in a snowbank. I went to ask her if she needed help, and she said, a bit reluctantly, “Yes.”

-Tasha Hawthorne

Instructor in English

Freshman year, Ms. Carter told us that a girl named Alice was coming to live in Isham, that she’d been here before but had been gone on a medical leave. She said we should be welcome to her and all the usual things, so we were all getting ready to go into her room and break her out of her shell, because she was probably pretty nervous to come back…But there Alice was, in the common room, introducing herself to everyone, no one had to hunt her out of her room, and she was just schmoozing it up with everyone. It just said a lot about her personality that here’s a kid nobody knows, and she’ll just come out, and there she is, that’s Alice.

She just appreciated so many things, which I think is so important. I kept up with her after freshman year, and I talked to her the day before her bone marrow transplant, and she was just really optimistic and appreciative. I think that a lot of people would not be so thrilled about going through a big operation like that, but she never ever complained.

-Emily Adler ‘12

One thing that was quintessential Alice was her Halloween Dance costume. She had a pimp hat and a huge pimp fur coat. And she went down the halls looking for grillz, down the halls seeing if anyone had tin foil. That was just so funny, she was a pimp god and Karen Morales ’12 was her ho. She was always just so inappropriate like that.

Her soda drinking habits were really funny. Dr. Long and Ms. Hawthorne were always telling her to drink more water, and so one night Ms. Hawthorne took her Mountain Dew and poured it down the sink. She paid [Alice] back and stuff but she was so mad. She came up to Alex’s room and she was so mad at Ms. Hawthorne, and after that she always wanted us to come down to sign in with her, and we were always like, “She’s okay, it’s going to be okay.” [Alice] would have us smuggle soda from the vending machines after that.

-Mallory Tyler ’12