Thursday, January 12, 2012

Duclos’ death was inexplicable to Horn and others who knew him.

Nineteen-year-old Levi Duclos did a lot in his lifetime.Since he graduated in two thousand and ten, the New Haven man traveled to the other side of the world to teach English lessons, worked on a Midwestern farm and traveled cross-country by train.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;I would say traveling was Levi&#eight thousand, two hundred and seventeen;s great passion,&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one; his friend, Alex Horn, said the day after his longtime friend&#eight thousand, two hundred and seventeen;s body was found on a hiking trail in Ripton.The circumstances of Duclos&#eight thousand, two hundred and seventeen; death are still unclear, but state police say it appears he broke his leg while hiking Monday on the Emily Proctor Trail. The incident remains under investigation.Duclos&#eight thousand, two hundred and seventeen; death was inexplicable to Horn and others who knew him.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;I was with some of his friends last night and the one word we all agreed described him was &#eight thousand, two hundred and sixteen;unstoppable,&#eight thousand, two hundred and seventeen;&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one; Horn said. &#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;We couldn&#eight thousand, two hundred and seventeen;t believe it happened. He was just so driven.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one;Friends since elementary school, Horn said some of the best moments of his life happened alongside Duclos who traveled across the country with him after high school.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;It was unreal the time we had,&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one; he said, recalling episodes that included a stay in Chicago and backpacking through Glacier National Park in Montana.Months after that trip, Duclos departed on a humanitarian trip to Nepal, where he spent two months exploring the country and teaching English in a small mountain town.Pictures of that trip can be found on Duclos&#eight thousand, two hundred and seventeen; Facebook page along with some of his favorite activities, movies and quotes &#eight thousand, two hundred and twelve; a list that includes remarks made by Gandhi.It&#eight thousand, two hundred and seventeen;s the thoughtful side of Duclos that stands out in the memory of one of his high school teachers.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;He was the &#eight thousand, two hundred and sixteen;why&#eight thousand, two hundred and seventeen; kid in the classroom,&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one; said Caroline Camara, a science teacher at Mount Abraham Union High School. &#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;He was intellectually curious.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one;And he cared about the things he learned about, she said.Duclos was a founding member of an environmental action group at the school, Camara said, and he took every science course he could take.In addition, Duclos was an athlete who competed on the school&#eight thousand, two hundred and seventeen;s soccer, baseball and skiing teams.&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;He was just an amazing kid,&#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty-one; she said.After a year spent traveling, Duclos enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Ore., where he took classes last semester as a freshman.His death left Camara and other faculty at the school shocked. &#eight thousand, two hundred and twenty;We&#eight thousand, two hundred and seventeen;re all struggling with it, Camara said.@Tagline:brent.curtis@rutlandherald.com

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