NORMAN — Family, friends and faculty set aside grief and concern for Sunday’s and Monday’s tornado devastation Tuesday evening and celebrated the graduation of the Little Axe High School class of 2013.
The high school’s 69 graduating seniors were met with enthusiastic cheers and cries of excitement as they processed though the gymnasium — the school’s plan B for the ceremony since heavy morning rain softened the turf on the football field.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to experience this with all of you,” valedictorian Savanna Snyder said. “What we learned here was worth much more than anything we could have read from a text book.”
Though spirits were high, acknowledgement of the tragic destruction in Moore and other areas of the state was prominent in an announcement by Principal Steven Edwards and a moment of silence for the victims.
“Although we feel remorse for any community affected by disaster and tragedy, we especially feel remorse when it’s our own community,” Edwards said.
Edwards announced the operation of a food bank collecting items through the school to be directed toward tornado relief efforts.
Still, Snyder’s and Salutatorian Jessika Matthews’ addresses were jubilant, hopeful and full of fond memories of their time at Little Axe High.
“In spite of a successful senior prank, we’re very grateful to the faculty here,” Matthews said. “We were made to be great and do great things.”