Henryville High School seniors graduate

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Posted on June 2, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 2 at 11:19 PM

(WHAS11) -- Exactly three months after Henryville High School was destroyed by an EF-4 tornado, the Class of 2012 received their diplomas inside the Scottsburg High School Gym.

The graduating class had one goal in mind after that devastating tornado touched down.  They wanted to stay together.

“The students are the main concern, and it’s their show,"
said Henryville Principal Troy Albert.  "Where it’s located doesn’t make a difference.” 

Graduating senior Rachel Hamm described the graduation ceremony as full of excitement. 

“I can see everybody here is just really excited, and they just love being able to graduate together instead of separate,” said Hamm.

90 students are now Henryville Alum.

“Our class means everything and no matter what happens no one can keep us from not being the 2012 class of Henryville,” said Sarah Richey.

The message at Saturday's graduation was, “out of something bad comes something good.”

Senior class president, Shane Jones said the class’ attitude over the last three months shifted. He said the devastating tornado brought the entire school and community together. 

“Staying together was our main concern," said Jones.  "All we wanted to do was go to school in the same place.”

Students said they may not have graduated where they planned, but they were lucky to be standing next to all their classmates.  Each graduating senior received a brick from their destroyed school.

Principal Troy Albert said it was symbol of the strong foundation these students received over the last 4 years.

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