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'New normal' for Henryville HS students as band camp kicks off

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Students attending band camp. Students attending band camp.
The school is currently still under construction. The school is currently still under construction.

CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - At Henryville's High School, the sign out front says it all, 'Welcome Back!' and "Our hearts are full of Hornet Pride!" The building isn't quite finished yet. John Reed, the West Clark Community Schools Assistant Superintendent told WAVE 3 there's a new normal now. Meanwhile, staff and students are doing activities ahead of the first day of school up the road at Scottsburg High School.

There is music in the air. More than 50 members of Henryville's High School band borrowing another school's space at their first day of camp. For senior and tenor saxophone player, Rachel Dixson, of Henryville, it's like, "The cherry on top of the cake. Everything is coming together in town," Dixon said."Just to come to band camp, it's like it's almost done. We're almost there."

Nick Cooper, of Henryville, is a junior and plays the clarinet. "It's the best feeling ever," he said. "Because it means we're getting back to the way things used to be."

March 2, the devastating EF 4 tornado tore through the town. Cooper was inside the high school as it was blown apart.

"I don't really remember, because I think I blacked out during it, like I passed out," Cooper said. "And I woke up after it was over."

Months have passed and the community is rebuilding. $54 million in construction to their high school is almost complete. The road for the hornets and community has been anything but easy.

"Now, our work begins with getting all the furniture, textbooks, school supplies all where they need to be," said John Reed, the West Clark Community Schools Assistant Superintendent.

Cooper said, "Now, of course they won't be exactly the same, but, it's like our new normal. The title of our show this year."

A new normal for students and communities who have experienced so much.

Eden McCauley, of Borden, is an 8th grader who plays the trumpet. "We really appreciate everyone that's helping out," she said.

As the first day of school nears, there's harmony in the air.

"I am ecstatic about being the first class to graduate in the new school!" Dixon said with a big smile.

The Henryville High School building will be ready on Wednesday August 1, for teachers. The first day of school for students is August 7.

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