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Randolph High student dies in Vt. snowboarding accident

A 16-year-old Randolph High School student died over the weekend after he was injured at a Vermont ski resort, police said.

Tommy Hoang was snowboarding at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort when he veered off the trail and crashed into a sign about noon on Saturday, said Sergeant Derrick Tienken of the Winhall, Vt., Police Department.

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Hoang was taken by medical helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, said Tienken. It was not known if the teen had been wearing a helmet.

Hoang, a junior, was on the wrestling team at school. Just last week coaches had voted him to the South Shore League wrestling all-star team. He had a 21-8 record, according to the team’s website.

He also excelled in school, maintaining a 4.26 grade point average, according to the site.

“We hold Tommy Hoang and his family in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time,” School Superintendent Steven Moore said in a statement Monday. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students.”

The high school planned to host a candlelight vigil at its tennis courts on Monday night.

“We appreciate the way the students, faculty, and community have chosen to remember Tommy for the outstanding student athlete and member of our community that he was,” said Moore.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp.
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