“To this day, I miss her. Alycia, whom I first met in Biology Class, which I took in the 9th grade, and thus took with the Class of '69, extended herself to make me feel welcome, to help me when I was lost, to offer me some of her pond water when I could find no paramecium in my own (a required lab finding) and to generally crack me up as I made my way through and to boost my confidence in the class. It seemed so fitting that, years later, she was leading the high school, welcoming all the students and encouraging them to believe in their potential.”
- Marie Bone '70
“Among all the French I recall while as a student at Forest Ridge, my favorite phrase is 'joie de vivre' and that is what Alycia lived when we attended school together as students in 1966. Alycia had a certain 'jen ae sais quoi' about students. Whether it be help with friends, school work or life in general, she was there to lend them a hand and encouragement always with a dose of that great 'joie.'”
- Mud McHugh ’70
“She was everything to have in a HS principal; my heart still misses her.”
- Karinda Harris ’03
“Ms. Allen arrived at Forest Ridge when I needed her most. I told her EVERYTHING, and she never judged me nor did I have to explain much to her and yet I knew she understood. She listened intently while giving her most honest feedback, some that I can't share in this dedication:) but those moments were the ones that still make me laugh and are amongst the many moments I value the most. She was "real" in a way that no other educator and frankly, no other adult had been with me as a teenager. I appreciated her for it, and I really needed it. There are many lessons that she shared that are just now making sense as I grow in my career, experience the first year of marriage, and even prepare for motherhood.
I regret being the typical teenager that left for college and checked in sporadically. However, I always valued having her to myself for a day or two over vacation and took for granted that she always made time for me. Had I known she'd pass away the day I arrived home from college for Christmas break, I would have done better.
Ten years later, her passing feels no less difficult. I still her miss her and love her, and unfortunately, the closest she could be to my wedding was a photo on our dedication table, instead of walking down the aisle with my parents and grandparents, but she was there as she is always with me.”
- Sheena Reed ’04
“Ms. Allen was such an influence on my high school career and whenever things get rough, especially with school, I remember how much of an inspiration and cheerleader she was to every young woman at FR.”
- Victoria Zinsley '10