By: Hannah Paczkowski
Friends would describe Lauren Akerson as an energetic person who made an effort to befriend everyone.
"She always looked for the best in everybody, always wanted everybody included, the more the merrier," Adriane Ohlson said.
They said she was adored by her second graders at Aurora Elementary and the volleyball players she coached at Aurora High School.
"You just say Mrs. Akerson's name and they just light up they're like 'oh we love her so much.' Not only just how great she was, but fashion, 'Mrs. Akerson wore this today and she looks so cute!' Ohlson said.
At 31-years-old, Lauren's life was cut short. She and a friend were driving near York early Saturday morning when a van crashed into them. Everyone was wearing their seat belts at the time. The drivers of both vehicles went to the hospital and were released. Lauren was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her friends said they're still trying to make sense of the situation.
"We're in shock, we just want our friend back," Megan Vetter said.
Even though they can't have her back physically, friends and family are trying to let Lauren's legacy live on forever. They're creating a scholarship in her name for a student pursuing a degree in teaching and who is active in their community, just like Lauren.
"Everybody can take a page from her book and live life as she did," Ohlson said.
The York County Sheriff's office and the Nebraska State Patrol are still investigating the accident that took Lauren's life.
In lieu of flowers, her friends and family said memorials can be made to the Lauren Akerson Scholarship Fund.