ATLANTA (WAOK/AP) — Atlanta high school students, stranded in New York during Hurricane Sandy, are due to return home.
Both Jonesboro High School and Atlanta International School’s mock trial teams participated in the world championships this past weekend, and were scheduled to return home no later than Monday, but due to Hurricane Sandy canceling flights, these teams stayed a little bit longer than expected.
“There was really a lot of rain, and it was coming down sideways,” Jonesboro senior Callie Christian said. “And the wind blew one of the windows open … that really freaked us out.”
One of the judges, Clayton County State Court Solicitor General Tasha Mosley, tells The Clayton News Daily that the school system approved chartering a bus for the return trip after the group could not find a flight due to the storm.
According to Atlanta Public Schools officials, Grady High School’s mock trial team also participated in the championship, yet managed to escape the storm by skipping later contests on Sunday to fly out early.
Both teams returned home at around 9:30 a.m. this morning, after a 15 hour bus ride. Family and friends awaited the students at their schools holding signs, balloons, and stuffed animals excited to see their return.
Jonesboro High School placed fourth in the world championship, with Atlanta International School trailing behind them in 5th.
Submitted by: Brent Yancy, Student Writer