Kimberlee Paddock was known for her kindness and a smile that could light up a room.
She often stayed after class to wish her teachers well and was willing to lend a hand when a fellow Shelby-Rising City student needed help.
The 13-year-old seventh-grader, known to most as "Kimmee," had a positive attitude that was contagious in the classroom, on the athletic court and throughout the community, her friends and teachers say.
“She was quick with a smile and with a playful jab at both staff and students. She was just simply fun to be around,” said social studies teacher John Schoenrock.
He said Paddock was a good student and made it known the top priority in her life was family, which included her parents Scott and Mary, brother Michael, sister Elizabeth and twin sister Jaimee, all of Shelby.
Paddock died Sunday following a hunting accident during an outing near Genoa with her father and family friends. Her funeral will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Peace Lutheran Church in Columbus.
“My fondest memories are that Kim was that one student who would hang back after the bell just to tell me to have a good day or good weekend. Every day, without fail. I miss that already,” Schoenrock said.
That was a regular occurrence for most teachers.
Kevin Kopecky, who had her in homeroom, heard that, too.
“She had such a positive attitude about life and school. She never complained, she just worked hard all the time. If she got done with something early, she’d ask what else she could do or she’d help someone else that might be struggling,” he said.
Paddock set goals for herself and worked hard to achieve them.
Coaches said she always gave it her all during practice and focused on improving her game. In volleyball, she was determined to serve overhand and made that happen when the last matches of the season rolled around. She also worked her way into the starting lineup for three basketball games for the “A” team.
Sports were a part of her life. She cheered for the Oakland Raiders and enjoyed being outdoors where she could fish, camp, hunt and go four-wheeling.
Reading was also a hobby. She often helped out in the school’s library. Paddock volunteered to make cookies when Santa visited the library and assisted with crafts and games during story hour.
Friends say Paddock was always there for them, whether it was answering a question about homework or for a personal problem.
Shelby-Rising City staff viewed her as a great leader for the seventh-grade class.
“She was the glue that kept that class together. Her personality was such that kids wanted to be around her,” said Principal Bill Curry.
Paddock liked to be involved in activities. She played the trumpet in the school band and was on the honor roll.
Her kind nature and supportive attitude made her stand out.
“The thing that I will never forget about Kimmee is she was the first one into the classroom and the last one out. If I knew a student was struggling at something in the classroom, all I needed to do was to pair them up with Kimmee. It didn’t matter who that person was, Kimmee would get along with that person and see to it that they understand the material,” said science teacher Grant Gabel.