Originally created 05/17/03

Davidson students mourn senior

Maurice Glenn was excited about his future.

He had just been accepted to several colleges and was looking forward to graduating May 28 with his John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School classmates.

But the 18-year-old's life ended abruptly Thursday when the van he was driving veered into oncoming traffic, striking another vehicle head-on on Tobacco Road.

"Today has been a sad day for us," Donna Williams, the school's guidance counselor, said Friday afternoon. "Maurice was a very special man and it's hard for me to talk about him without smiling."

Mr. Glenn was described as a "multitalented" young man. At Davidson, he played the trombone and piano, sang in choral groups and danced. He also performed with the group Creative Impressions.

Ms. Williams said students were shocked, but most managed to make it through the day. Grief counselors and psychologists were at the school Friday and will remain next week for those students who need them, she said.

"Graduation is going to be somber, but Maurice will be there," Ms. Williams said. "I told the students this morning that he will not be there physically, but he will be there spiritually."

Mr. Glenn was leaving an end-of-the-year math club party Thursday, which also was attended by four of the school's math teachers, held at the home of Maureen Craig, a Davidson parent, before the accident.

Ms. Craig said Mr. Glenn was excited because he had just been accepted to The Juilliard School in New York. On Thursday afternoon, he told Ms. Williams he had received a full scholarship to Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C., and was planning to go there in the fall.

His mother, Maria Glenn, said in a phone interview Friday that her son chose Claflin University because he liked the small student population. Mr. Glenn had recently visited the campus.

"And he just fell in love with it," Mrs. Glenn said.

She said her son wanted a double major in music and engineering. The engineering degree was for when Mr. Glenn built his music studio, his mother said.

"He loved every aspect of music," she said. "He was the No. 1 baritone of Georgia his junior year."

The cause of the fatal accident is under investigation, Richmond County Coroner Leroy Sims said Friday, and although no autopsy is planned, a toxicology test will be performed.

Reach Amy Connell and Ashlee Griggs at (706) 724-0851.


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