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Meyer: Thank you from the Titans

On Sunday, March 2, I went to bed expecting to go to school the next day. However, that never happened. The next morning, my father was informed that there was no school that day due to a fire in the main office.

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I initially thought that it had been a small fire that had been contained quickly. Later, I learned how extensive the damage was and that there was a great possibility I would never be able to set foot in my high school ever again. School was canceled for the week while administrators and teachers from various schools came up with a plan to have all Trinity High School students back in classes by the following Monday.

The Monday following the fire, I walked into Dickinson State University’s band room and was handed a clarinet that was not mine. All of my surroundings were familiar, but it wasn’t where I wanted to be. For the first time in 10 years, I would be attending school and eating my lunch at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

After the St. Joseph’s Elementary School closed, I never thought I would see the church basement as my lunchroom again. The day was emotional for everyone, but for me it was different. I was back home. Yes, the church had been recently renovated, but it was still home to me. In one week, I had been taken from one “home” and placed in a former one.

Soon, I will be graduating from Trinity High School. I didn’t think that I would be walking across the stage in Trinity’s auditorium on graduation day, but I will.

Since the fire of March 3, the students and staff of Trinity High School have received an outpouring of love and generosity from not only the Dickinson community, but the entire state of North Dakota. On behalf of my brother and sister (who also attended Trinity) and the students and staff of Trinity High School, I would like to thank each and every person for all he or she has done for our school.

Thank you to Dickinson Public Schools and DSU’s music and drama departments for welcoming Mr. Dasovick, Mrs. Schiff and their students, and allowing us to use your facilities, instruments and costumes. Thank you to schools from all over the state and Jacobsen Music for lending us music and instruments. Thank you to TMI for the office spaces and Smart Computers for the new computers.

We were given so much, and would like to thank all of the businesses, school and individuals for their donations. Continuing our education would not have been possible without the help and donations of everyone.

Most importantly, I want to thank my teachers. I was asked once how well I had adjusted to new learning environments on a scale of 1 to 10. My answer was eight, because of my teachers. All of my teachers lost their classrooms and lesson plans, and have still managed to teach us what we needed to learn. They have made us feel as if nothing has changed. They have shown us what it means to have Titan pride and to take whatever life hands us.

We are still Trinity High School and we always will be, no matter where we learn or how far spread out we are.

Meyer is a senior at Trinity High School in Dickinson and will graduate on Sunday.