On the same weekend another tragedy took place at Fordham University, where a student died after falling from a campus bell-and-clock tower during what some students claim to be a "rite of passage".
According to a release from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Norton was moving from one area of the Crag to reportedly re-positioning herself for a photo when she lost her footing and fell about 100 feet. More than 60 emergency personnel responded to the scene and worked to recover Norton's body, authorities said.
Sheriff Wheeler said Norton's death was a reminder of how risky these popular spots like Hawksbill Crag can be.
Local officials said the area where Ms Norton died was considered one of the state's most photographed hiking areas, although several people have died there in recent times.
"Hawksbill Crag is a spectacular location that thousands of people visit and enjoy each year", he said. Her volleyball team expressed its condolences.
A spokesman from Briar Cliff University said: "Andrea was a passionate environmental science major, exemplary student and dedicated athlete". She was preparing to work as an environmental engineer or in any career that "would make a difference to the environment".
Black Hills Juniors family, Please keep your thoughts with the friends and family of our former club member, Andrea...
"She lived BCU's values in everything she did from the classroom to the court and everywhere she went", the school said in a statement.
Her daughter was very religious and found no conflict between Biblical creation and science, Tamera said.
"Her smile could light up a room and she brought joy to all around her". "She absolutely just had this fire and light that just permeated everything".
Andrea also had a younger brother called Matt.
Norton was on scholarship at BCU for symphony choir and women's volleyball, according to The Journal.