Remainder of the school year cancelled in Orrick

ORRICK, Mo. - Officials in Orrick cancelled school for the rest of the year after the tornado caused extensive electrical and structural damage to the K-12 school.

The Missouri Department of Early and Secondary Education forgave the school district for the missed days.

High school seniors will still walk for graduation except in Excelsior Springs.

Bryce Wheeler started in pre-school at Orrick. After 14 years walking the halls, he won't be able to walk them for graduation.

"When you're a kid and you do tornado warnings and you always think, ‘Man I hope it hits the school, it would be so cool not to go to school.’ Now that it actually happens and you have four days left to enjoy high school it's kind of crazy," Wheeler said.

The tornado not only hit Bryce's school, it hit all of his family members' homes as well.

"My aunt and uncle and grandparents live on this block, my other aunt lives about three blocks in the south and I live that way," he said.

His cousin Shaina Cook is also a senior at the school. They'll both have to graduate in Excelsior Springs instead.

"This is my hometown so I really wish that I could just graduate from here but Excelsior's alright so it will be okay," Shaina said.

However, the milestone is one of the last things on everyone's minds.

"Me and my cousin are three months apart so we're doing our graduation together. She just realized we don't have our cake done so we have to go find a picture of ourselves to put on it," Wheeler said.

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