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Burlington graduates receive diplomas in the storm shelter

• Storm warnings come in middle of Dr. Ballard's address to graduates


Kiley Feely

The Burlington High School Class of 2017 stands with their commencement speaker Dr. Keith Ballard. From left, front row: Kelsi Smith, Tanner Rieger, Bayli Hyde, Jacobi Cox, Rebecca Bonham, Ethan Barron. Back row: Ben Ryerson, Colten Kraft, Ballard, Marshall Burnet, Jonathan Armbruster.

Burlington High School's Class of 2017 will most likely never forget their graduation. It's not every graduate that can say their commencement was interrupted with a tornado warning and that they received their diplomas in the school's storm shelter. The best part is there was no damage.

Fortunately for the graduation crowd, the school's storm shelter is actually the recently built state-of-the-art music room that is a safe room. Superintendent Glen Elliott said the transition from the auditorium to the safe room went pretty well, but went a little slower than he would have liked. He estima...

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