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North Stonington - Wheeler High School alumna Emily Zinz died Sunday morning, just three days after graduating with her class, according to school staff.
Zinz, who was suffering from cancer, was featured in a photo in The Day from Thursday's graduation ceremony.
Interim principal Donald Macrino commended Zinz during graduation as "the toughest young woman I know," an accolade that drew applause from Zinz's classmates and graduation attendees.
"Not a sweeter person have I met," Macrino said Sunday of Zinz. " … She was just the most generous and sensitive kid."
Macrino said school staff plans to meet today to discuss how to be of help to the Zinz family.