The Valley Stream Central High School District is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Zachary Ranftle, a seventh-grade student from Memorial Junior High School. Zach was a shining star. He had many friends in class, helped others with difficult concepts, and was the first to "get it" in class. He was able to think outside of the box and supply simple explanations to his ideas to others with ease. He provided us with insight and achieved greatness with every challenge he was presented with. He was well liked by his peers and loved by his teachers. He was a sweet boy who had a bright future. He will be greatly missed everyday.

The school has enacted its crisis plan and grief counselors will be made available to students and staff as long as needed. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Zachary.