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Cause of student death still unknown
by Mary Cosgrove
mcosgrove@neighbornewspapers.com
August 23, 2012 12:58 PM | 2266 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A spokesperson for the Henry County School System said Thursday that while an autopsy was performed this week on the recently deceased Ola High School sophomore, it was inconclusive.

J.D. Hardin said toxicology reports are pending, but those findings could take between three and six months.

Described as an overall likeable and talented person, Jason Holland is missed at Ola High School.

“They are having a very difficult time understanding how this could happen to such a good person,” said Stacey Schmuhl, a ninth-grade geography teacher who had Holland in her honors geography class last year.

Holland, 15, died Aug. 17 after being hospitalized earlier in the week.

Schmuhl said Holland, a sophomore, was popular among his classmates, who considered him to be funny and approachable.

“The kids would go to him to have him cheer them up,” she said. “He was just always in a good mood, always happy.

“He was so full of character, full of life. He was just a great kid.”

Academically, Holland was a top-notch student, Schmuhl said.

“He was always wanting to get the best grade possible,” she said. “He was a perfectionist.”

Holland, a football player, took his drive, energy and personable demeanor onto the field, as well.

“He was a great kid, a hard-working kid,” head coach John Kovzel said. “He never missed a day in the weight room this summer.”

Holland played offensive line for the Mustangs, and this was his second year on the team.

“The whole team loved him,” Kovzel said. “We’re really going to miss him here at Ola High School.”

He said the football team has something planned to memorialize Holland during its game against Henry County High School Friday night, but he was unwilling to divulge any details.

Hardin said the school did not have any type of memorial service planned for Holland. His funeral was Wednesday.
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