On May 22, 2011, Joplin, Missouri, was hit by an EF-5, multiple-vortex tornado, killing 158 and causing $3 billion in damages.
This year the final high school class to have suffered through the tornado will graduate after relocating schools multiple times after the disaster. Despite the hardships, Joplin's students overcame adversity and became more united through their shared pasts. Graduate Jonathan Ponce said to the Joplin Globe, "After the tornado, our whole class just came together. Throughout high school, we just stuck together and now we are graduating together."
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