Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News
It's been a long journey for residents of West. Less than two months after the deadly West fertilizer plant blast, the town's high school seniors are graduating.
Less than two months after the deadly West fertilizer plant blast, the town's high school seniors are graduating.
Because the April explosion destroyed West High School and much of the city, students finished out the school year in Waco.
Many had to buckle down academically almost immediately after burying loved ones, having to adopt a strength and maturity far beyond their years.
"We've been through a lot more than other senior classes before us," graduating senior Cole Anderson said.
His father, Bryan, said his was house was destroyed and his grandfather and grandmother-in-law were killed.
"It's still tough," he said. "You see the women who lost their husbands and little boys that lost their dads. It’s tough. There aren’t words for that."
Friday night's graduation ceremony for West High School's 113 seniors is being held at the Ferrell Center at Baylor University, the same venue that hosted the memorial service for the 12 first responders who were killed in the fertilizer plant explosion.