Talented artist, avid volunteer, and compassionate friend, senior Alex Abogadie in their passing December 29 is remembered by the community as a dedicated individual who brought their devotion and genuinity to all around them.
Art was a passion that Abogadie shared with the world. Well-versed in digital and traditional media, Abogadie spent much of their time drawing and creating. Close friend of Abogadie, senior Kell Bobadilla details how the artist’s creativity spilled from school to home. “Every time [I] went over to their house, [I] would be able to find all these notebooks that they had used and all this stuff that they were planning out,” says Bobadilla.
Their creativity, however, was not contained in just sketchbooks. Art teacher John Overman, who had taught Abogadie in digital media, animation, and Studio Art 2 since they transferred here sophomore year, describes how Abogadie’s artistic insights would manifest into projects. “When I worked with her, she always had a vision of what she wanted to do,” he says.
“She had both very inspiring pieces and some dark pieces. It was what you would expect in many people who were passionate—different uses of symbols and metaphors,” Mr. Overman adds.
Art teacher Jesse Wieman can attest to Abogadie’s dedication, having taught them in Studio Art 1 last year and having seen their growth this year. Abogadie would venture into the art room during their aiding period and free time to work on projects. “She would come into my classes this year, even though I didn’t have her, and hangout when her bus wasn’t coming for her art program in the afternoon. We would talk about art and ways to improve her art,” Mr. Wieman says.
Abogadie’s adamance and interest in art led them to pursue a half-day schedule so they could take art courses at Montgomery College. “The family norm has been medical professions, and Alex was the first one to say ‘No, I’m an artist and this is what I want to do,’” says Jessica Conter, counselor of Abogadie and faculty member they aided for.
The only thing that rivaled Abogadie’s passion for art was perhaps their love for helping others. Abogadie was constantly volunteering, yet never handed in a form to claim any of the hours. If they had turned in forms, after calculating it, SSL coordinator Ms. Conter estimated that in the year and a half she knew Abogadie, over 700 hours would have been credited to them.
“They were constantly helping others and didn’t care about the form or having their name published, because that’s not what brought Alex joy,” says Ms. Conter. “What brought Alex joy was the look of relief, thankfulness, and appreciation in the person’s face.”
From large cultural festivals and pride parades in DC to local bake sales and the Woodside Children’s Center in Silver Spring, Abogadie always sought ways to serve the community. This caring nature of Abogadie’s encompassed the community and those dear to them. Abogadie’s close friend senior Wendall Hall recounts how Abogadie volunteered every day at last year’s PTSA book drive. “She would always manage to make people smile there, even though the hours were long, but it was a good thing,” Hall says.
But more than just an artist and volunteer, Abogadie was a heartfelt individual and a supportive friend to those around them. “She always liked to dive into things that were really important and yeah, she liked to have fun, but she also was someone who was genuine and someone people could talk to and trust,” says Mr. Overman.
“When Alex was your friend, you got the feeling that they cared about you more than anything in the world,” Bobadilla adds. “You felt like the center of it.”