Catalyst student remembered after untimely death
On July 24, the Newberg School District announced that Catalyst High School student Arvin Segura Gamboa suffered a "critical medical incident" that would likely take his life. Two days later, Gamboa died. He was 15 years old.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, the district is expressing its condolences and providing support to Gamboa's family along with affected students in the district. Trained staff was available to assist students at Edwards Elementary School as well as Catalyst.
The effort is part of a district-wide "flight team" approach to student deaths, which seeks to provide immediate, professional support for students and community members in the aftermath. It was most recently used following the death of a Newberg High School student earlier this summer.
The tragedy touches people throughout the district and community as well. District director of strategic partnerships Luke Neff got to know Gamboa well during his time assisting Catalyst with various endeavors. He said many in the community cared for Gamboa and their days were brightened by his positivity, fun-loving attitude and intelligence. He also gave back to the community during his life and expressed interest in union apprenticeships.
"The Arvin that many of us got to know was kind and warm-hearted and loving," Neff said. "We saw that when he volunteered as a teacher's assistant in our kindergarten dual language classrooms."
Neff described Gamboa as witty and funny and said he would often open up to others about the struggles he went through in his life. Gamboa cared deeply for his family and friends, Neff said, and that was evident by his actions at school.
Catalyst Principal Tim Graham remembers Gamboa fondly.
"Arvin was known around Catalyst as an extremely loyal friend," Graham said. "He was the core of his friend group and many of the staff had a soft spot for Arvin."
Gamboa's family is planning a visitation at Attrell's Funeral Chapel in Newberg and funeral services at St. Michael-San Miguel Episcopal Church. Dates are not set at this time and the family is facing financial challenges in funding both events.
Challenging circumstances, according to the district, make funding the funeral and burial "extensive." Attrell's is welcoming donations from the community to help pay for Gamboa's services. Donations may be dropped off at the funeral home's location at 207 Villa Road. The business' phone number is 503-538-2191.
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