County School Board Recognizes Family of Student Killed in Car Crash

County School Board Recognizes Family of Student Killed in Car Crash

Funeral held Wednesday for Northwest High School senior

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The Snyder family (from left to right): Whitney, Josh, Jason, Denise and Rachel


The day before a Montgomery County Public Schools student was buried, the district’s school board took time to remember the 17-year-old and voice support for his family that has deep ties to the school system.

Northwest High School senior Josh Snyder died Oct. 4 when his car collided with an unattended box truck on the southbound shoulder of I-270 south of Montrose Road in Rockville. His father, Jason Snyder, is the assistant principal at Washington Grove Elementary School in Gaithersburg, and his twin sister, Whitney, is a senior at Northwest High School, the board said.

At Tuesday’s board meeting, hours before Snyder’s funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cedarbrook Community Church in Clarksburg, board members recognized the “tragedy” Northwest High School has experienced.

“I know this is a family’s worst nightmare, having to bury a child, and I hope God strengthens the family in the days ahead,” at-large board member Jeanette Dixon said.

District 2 board member Rebecca Smondrowski echoed Dixon, noting it has been evident in the past week the loss of one student affects the entire school system.

Snyder was a wrestler and cross-country runner at the Germantown high school and was on his way to find out about a physical training internship when he died, student board member Ananya Tadikonda said.

“Senior year, there’s so much to look forward to … but sometimes unfortunate events occur along the way,” said Tadikonda, who attended elementary school with Snyder. “It has really inspired me and students around the county to be grateful for all that we have and recall the fragility of life.”

To accommodate student absences to attend the funeral, the PSAT scheduled for grades nine through 11 at Northwest High School was postponed from Wednesday to Oct. 24, according to a message from Principal Jimmy D’Andrea.

In his message, posted to the school website Sunday night, D’Andrea was candid, expressing his grief and calling the week since Snyder’s death “extremely challenging” for the school community.

“Josh was a very kind, compassionate and hard-working individual who had a positive impact on countless students and staff, and he will be deeply missed in our school and community,” D’Andrea wrote. “I would ask that you please keep Josh’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days.”

Counselors are available for students through this week.

Meanwhile, students and community members have rallied around the Snyder family, raising nearly $46,000 in five days on the online fundraising platform GoFundMe. The money is to be used for Snyder’s funeral expenses and an annual scholarship in the teen’s name for special needs students at Northwest High School.


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