Benefit concert at CSU planned in memory of Fort Collins teen killed in bike crash
Sisi Mijiddorj was such a judicious student she’d often disregard her mother’s requests for help around the house hoping to ensure one more point on an assignment.
Sisi Mijiddorj was such a judicious student she'd often disregard her mother's requests for help around the house hoping to ensure one more point on an assignment.
"An A wasn't enough for her she would always want an A plus-plus," her mother Khishig Jamiyansha-vav said at the family's Fort Collins home. "I would tell her to stop and come help me, but she'd say 'I want that extra point, mom.'"
Sisi's passion and curiosity for learning is why her family has established the Sisi Scholarship through the nonprofit group Global Reach, which strives to provide educational opportunities to Mongolian students.
Born in Mongolia, Sisi moved with her family to the United States about eight years ago for Jamiyanshavav to pursue a PhD at CSU. The family of five had its world turned upside down in August when 14-year-old Sisi was killed following a collision with a car while she was biking to school.
"It's been really, really hard," Jamiyanshavav said. "Every day you think about the accident."
Jamiyanshavav and her husband, Mijiddorj Jigjid, said they struggle to deal with the emotional implications of Sisi's death on a daily basis. But they said the tremendous support from the Fort Collins community has made the process much easier.
That support is why the family planned the fundraising concert on Sunday to benefit the Sisi scholarship in Fort Collins rather than in Denver where there is a larger Mongolian population.
The benefit concert, planned in cooperation with the Colorado State University Mongolian Student Organization, will feature traditional Mongolian folk dancing, a Mongolian contortionist and a perform-ance by a horse-fiddle violinist. Tickets for the event cost usd10.
The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lory Student Center on the CSU campus.
"The concert in Fort Collins is to show them our appreciation to the community," Jamiyanshavav said. "And to show the community our dancing and music."
For more on Sisi's story and the benefit concert read Friday's Coloradoan