CHS Mourns Loss of Sophomore Baumann

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CHS Mourns Loss of Sophomore Baumann

Photo courtesy of Finest Hours

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By Fiona Asbury and Balbina Yang

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Sophomore Alex Baumann passed away Feb. 25 at the age of 15. Baumann is survived by parents Lissa Cooper Baumann and David Baumann and extended family members.

Baumann identified as non-binary, meaning they did not identify as exclusively masculine or feminine, and preferred the pronoun “they.” Baumann was known for their involvement in B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO), love of horses and kind smile.

“I remember the first time I ever talked with Alex,” senior Valerie Weitz said. “At first they looked so quiet, but the minute I started to speak with them their eyes sparkled and they had the biggest smile that I will never forget.”

A memorial service for Baumann was held at the Julia Bindeman Center March 1. Condolences and gifts can be sent to the Baumann family on the Sagel Bloomfield Funeral Inc. website.

At the request of Baumann’s family, any donations made in honor of Alex will be donated to Maryland Therapeutic Riding, a non-profit organization that seeks to improve quality of life and physical and emotional health challenges through human and horse interaction.

Alex’s passing has impacted many students at CHS.

“Alex was a determined, passionate and truly caring person who always put others before themselves,” Weitz said.

The tragedy has also affected CHS staff members who had the pleasure of knowing Alex.

“It was devastating news when we learned that we had lost Alex,” Principal Joan Benz said. “My heart goes out to their family. I am proud of students and staff members in recognizing Alex’s contributions. They will be greatly missed.”

Those affected by Alex’s passing are encouraged to seek help from a counselor in coping with the tragedy. Other students struggling, either physically, emotionally or mentally, should be reminded of the various resources available, within CHS and throughout the community, that can provide them with help.

“Love and support could come from anywhere, even from people who you don’t know,” said junior Noah Bach, who was close friends with Alex. “Even if it feels like nobody cares about you, there genuinely are people who care about you.”