Glendale High School graduate Paul Nahon of Glendale is shown at the 2011 state tennis championship at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. / News-Leader file photo
Stephen Herzog (Springfield News-Leader)
A recent Glendale High School student and two-time state tennis champion died after falling in the Rocky Mountains this morning.
Paul Nahon was a 2011 graduate of Glendale.
According to a news release from the Rocky Mountain National Park, Nahon fell 150 feet from an area on Longs Peak. Emergency responders said he survived the fall but had multiple traumatic injuries. The group performed CPR but was unsuccessful, according to the release.
Nahon won state tennis titles in 2010 and 2011. He holds the record for most tennis wins in Missouri history with an overall record of 117-7. Glendale won three conference and district championships during Nahon's run.
But Nahon was about more than being a tennis star.
Springfield school board member Gerry Lee remembered Nahon as a talented, intelligent and driven young man.
"He was a tremendous athlete, tremendous student and a great kid," Lee said. "It's a great family. This is tragic."
Lee said Nahon was very ambitious.
"The Nahons are a political family and Paul certainly followed in their footsteps," Lee said. "I know he had big dreams."
Nahon had attended Richmond University after graduating from Glendale, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He had since transferred to Colorado College for the upcoming semester.
The parks office said rangers attempted to recover Nahon's body today but could not reach the area by helicopter because of high winds. Another effort will be made tomorrow, according to the release.