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In Joplin, a senior year to remember after tornado

In Joplin, a senior year to remember after tornado
The Houston Chronicle

POSTED: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 11:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 11:14pm

JOPLIN, Mo. — There were tearful remembrances for lost classmates and jokes about spending their senior year in a converted department store.

But most of all for Joplin High School's Class of 2012, a chorus of rousing cheers and joyous celebrations marked their completion of high school under circumstance none of them could have envisioned just one year ago.

Monday night's graduation, which featured commencement speeches by President Barack Obama and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, capped a senior year for the 428 members of the Class of 2012 marked by tragedy, turmoil and perseverance.
 

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