Lynch will remember the run that she and her softball teammates made to the Class 6A state championship game. She will remember signing a letter of intent to play at Hendrix College in Arkansas. But she will also remember the monster funnel that missed her house by only a block.
The house sustained some damage and has only had power from a generator supplied by her dad's co-workers since the storm. Because of the limited electricity, her mom's co-workers are providing the family a hotel room Saturday at the Skirvin Hotel. It will give them a place to prepare for graduation, which is right down the street at the Cox Center.
Lynch is looking forward to the ceremony — and not just because she'll be receiving a diploma.
“I'm definitely looking forward to seeing classmates,” Lynch said. “You don't know who all is OK and who isn't.
“You want to make sure you can be there for them.”
Spradling's Southmoore classmates have been there for him. When he went to the school Thursday to retrieve things he'd left there when the storm hit Monday, he was showered with offers of help. Food. Clothes.
“I had three brand new pairs of shoes handed to me,” he said. “Very overwhelming. Very humbling.”
And the help has gone beyond the walls of his school. When he went to Oakcrest Church of Christ where they were distributing clothes, he got help from some guys from Westmoore who he'd played against.
With three high schools in town, there are some heated rivalries.
But not this week.
Everyone is on the same team.
Earlier this week, when Jake Spradling found that graduation gown in the rubble of his house — he will wear a replacement donated by Stanley's Graduation Services for Saturday's ceremony — he unearthed some other treasure, too. His letter jacket. His football helmet. His football jersey from his last high school game.
Now, the family has started to remove debris.
“We were moving walls yesterday,” said Spradling, who will play football at Northwestern Oklahoma State. “All of us are big offensive line guys, so we've had a lot of manpower come in.
“We're trying to move forward.”
A wounded city takes another step in the healing Saturday when it comes together for graduation, when it commemorates what its children have accomplished, when it celebrates as one.
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