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PV community remembers student lost to cancer

Four hundred students and community members gathered on the Pleasant Valley High School soccer field Thursday night in memory of a student who lost her 13-month battle with leukemia.

Students got word Thursday that Schyler Herman died Wednesday night.

“It is with a broken heart and tears in my eyes that I let all of Schyler’s friends know that last night on Halloween her favorite holiday, Schyler passed away at 10:45 p.m. in her mother’s arms,” her father, Mike Herman, posted on Facebook Thursday.

“She wanted to fight until she could fight no more,” he said. “She was a true warrior and an inspiration to me. I am going to miss my baby girl so much. …

“I am totally broken.”

Schyler, a sophomore, was goalie for the soccer team and a member of the junior varsity basketball team last year. She was diagnosed with the disease last year after she was kicked in the calf and a hematoma formed.

Students from Carbon sold T-shirts at a Lehighton holiday basketball tournament to help the family. Pleasant Valley also held fundraisers to benefit the Saylorsburg family.

Thursday night students were wearing T-shirts with her number as they gathered at the goal post where she played.

Tributes to Schuyler flowed on Facebook.

Pleasant Valley Assembly of God posted, “As a community we are standing with the Herman family. Please keep them in prayer as they walk through this incredibly difficult time.”

Pleasant Valley Education Association posted, “PVEA and the entire West End weeps tonight as we say goodbye to Schyler Herman. God bless her family and friends.”

Counselors were available at the high school for anyone who wanted to talk.

Her sixth-grade science teacher Malcolm McKinsey said, “I have been teaching 28 years and have dealt with the deaths of former students too many times over. Tonight I learned that another one of the little souls whose mind I helped to shape has departed.

“As the years unfold, I feel the path narrowing, narrowing. I just wish the path was wide enough for us all to continue on. Rest in Peace, Schyler Herman.”

Students wearing Schyler Strong shirts gather at the goal post on the soccer field in her memory Thursday night. DEREK SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Members of the Pleasant Valley community gather at the high school soccer field to remember Schyler Herman. DEREK SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS