MONSON (CBS/AP) – Seniors at Monson High School have finally graduated, a week after their town was devastated by a tornado, and their principal says the students have “stepped up” during the tragedy.

Principal Andrew Linkenhoker says students have “become mature young adults overnight,” with many volunteering in the massive cleanup.

Gov. Deval Patrick offered remarks at the Wednesday evening graduation ceremony. Earlier in the evening, Patrick attended an interfaith prayer service at the Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield.

WBZ-TV’s Beth Germano reports.

Tornadoes ravaged communities in the central and western part of the state a week ago. Three died in the region and Monson was one of the hardest hit towns.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Rod Fritz reports

On Tuesday, state officials said homeowners have filed $90 million in insurance claims for tornado damage.

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Comments (3)
  1. coach23 says:

    You might want to have someone write the headlines who actually knows what they are talking about. The high school was not “tornado-ravaged”. It was the town. Someone needs to learn to write.

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