A University High School senior died Tuesday after collapsing at a lacrosse practice a day earlier, according to the school’s principal.
The student, Daniel Valenson, was in his first year at University High but already had made a “huge impact,” principal Mike Armbruster said in a message to parents. He moved here from New York during the summer. “He was the kind of kid who you would want your son or daughter to be friends with,” said Casey McDonald, University’s lacrosse coach. “He was well-spoken and well-liked…a stand-up kid.” McDonald said Valenson was interested in an engineering career. “He was a heck of a good student…He was a student first and an athlete second.”