Effects of an EF-3 tornado still linger for Seymour students, as the school graduated its third class since a storm impacted part of its school in March 2017.

On Saturday, the Seymour Class of 2019 graduated from a barn — or more accurately Bessie's Barn, which is an events venue in the form of a barn.

Nevertheless, graduation was again not held in the school's gymnasium, which was destroyed in the twister and remains under construction.

The class of 17 students gathered two rows deep Saturday, commemorating the last step of their secondary educations.

After the tornado, students moved to what was formerly a senior care center in town for their educations. The high school students moved back to their proper building in 2018.

"We [went] to school in a care center, practices sports in a warehouse, and graduated from a barn," senior Riley Jewett joked. "The tornado taught us an important lesson: That together we can accomplish anything as long as we do it together."

Franchesca DeVore, the other senior who addressed the class and crowd, thanked the families and community for its support, and also noted the class's time together and life-long friendships.

Kyle Ocker can be reached at kocker@dailyiowegian.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.

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