MARCUS -- A MMCRU High School senior died after collapsing at school Monday.
"It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Natalee Henke, a senior at MMCRU High School," the district posted on its Facebook page. "Please continue to keep her family and our entire MMCRU family in your thoughts and prayers as we go through this incredibly difficult time."
First responders received a call for a collapsed student at the high school with possible seizures at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, Marcus Police Chief Brian Flikeid told the Le Mars Sentinel. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Cherokee, where she died, Flikeid said. The cause of death was unknown.
“The student body was very distraught yesterday, particularly the high school kids,” MMCRU superintendent Dan Barkel told the Sentinel Tuesday. "Today, they are making positive strides, working through their grief. Some of them are still struggling, it’s still very raw."
Services for Henkee will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus, with burial to follow at Holy Name Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4:30 p.m. Friday at the MMCRU High School gymnasium in Marcus, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m.
MMCRU postponed its volleyball game Tuesday night against Unity High School. MMCRU's football game scheduled for Friday at Okoboji has been postponed until 7:30 p.m. Monday. The contest is Okoboji's homecoming game.
On its Facebook page, MMCRU noted that a number of other area school districts had reached out to offer their support and condolences.
"We would also like to thank all the surrounding community support we have received in the wake of this tragedy," the post said. "Your efforts help us find comfort in the midst of loss."
MMCRU is a consolidated district that includes the towns of Marcus, Meriden, Cleghorn and Remsen.