Orrick Class of 2014 graduates one week after tornado

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. - All 34 members of Orrick’s 2014 graduating class were excited to sashay across the stage Saturday, despite being at their own school.

Instead, the graduation was held in Excelsior Springs, Mo., just down the road from Orrick.

“I wasn't in my school where I've been since kindergarten.  That was kind of sad but it was bittersweet I'm excited to finally be graduating,” said Payton Jones.

The EF-2 tornado that ripped through Orrick just eight days ago forced the superintendent to end the school year early, and move graduation.

The devastating natural disaster did not go unnoticed during the event, peppered several commencement speeches.

“Everyone is going to remember our class because we are Orrick strong. We pulled together and got together within a week,” said student Jacob Jennings.

“It just shows that small communities pull together for anything. People can do anything,” said student Mallory Cook.

It’s a bond and commitment that is evidence at the school, and in the neighborhoods. Rebuilding is currently underway in Orrick, and these graduates’ looks forward to visiting their alma mater in the future.

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