Henryville High Moves Forward
Coach says sense of community is bigger
Henryville Jr.-Sr. HS, March 2013
One year ago, a large part of Henryville, Indiana laid in ruins. Today, much of it is rebuilt, and many are living for now and the future rather than looking back.
Listen to Ray's interview with Henryville High's Josh Conrad:
Henryville Junior/Senior High School was among the buildings destroyed by the March 2nd, 2012 twister. Remarkably, no one died at the school when the twister struck, but virtually everything was gone. But after finishing out the year in other buildings and a quick rebuild, Josh Conrad, Henryville's girls' basketball and track coach, says this school year arrived almost as if nothing was different. Almost.
While students and teachers move on with their lives - academics, sports, relationships - Conrad says one noticeable difference this year is a bigger sense of community among the students. They are quick to work together to solve problems, Conrad says, and quick to show empathy to those in need.
Still, life goes on. Conrad is one month removed from basketball season and is getting ready for track. While much of the school is thinking about what's happening next, the coach says he thinks that the Henryville High students who lived through the tornado will at least give them perspective on life and how to treat people, even for those who don't necessarily think about the twister itself.