SHS student Tristan White remains in critical condition |

SHS student Tristan White remains in critical condition

Kathryn Corazzelli
Summit Daily News
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Tristan White

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado – After collapsing at wrestling practice Wednesday night and being air-lifted to Denver, Summit High School Senior Tristan White was still in critical condition and on life support Thursday, according to representatives from Summit School District.

In a Summit County Alert sent out to district staff and SHS families Thursday afternoon, the district said the next 24- to 48-hours are crucial.

The cause of his condition is still unknown.

After White collapsed, emergency responders from Red, White and Blue Fire District, Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Summit County Ambulance Service arrived at the scene. He was taken to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center before being air-lifted to Denver; Borger said the family has asked the name of the hospital not be disclosed.

The district had counselors from Summit County Advocates and Colorado West Mental Health on hand Thursday for students and faculty. District spokeswoman Jaimee Borger said there were people utilizing the services Thursday, which will also be available today.

“It’s a sad day here at Summit High School,” Borger said Thursday. “Everyone is keeping the White family and their friends in their thoughts.”

Students are going through their normal routines, and administrators have been visiting classes on White’s schedule. A student unity retreat and wrestling match scheduled for Thursday were canceled.

White has been attending Summit schools since kindergarten.

A statement from the school district reads: “White is a 17-year-old senior who is well liked by many students at SHS. He is an active member of the symphonic band and has written original compositions. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.”

Wednesday night, friends established a Facebook event, “Wear White to Show Support for Tristan!” The page summary reads: “We have always worn white to show our love and prayers that are radiating towards our friend or community member that had been hurt or killed. I request we all join together [Thursday], and wear white to show our collective support for Tristan White, and to show him we care.”

Friends are posting that they’re wearing white and praying for him.

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