Texas Community Lights Up Gym Using Cell Phones After Power Outage During High School Graduation Ceremony

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THRALL, Texas (KXAN) – Heavy to severe storms rolled through central Texas counties Friday afternoon and evening, just as many schools had graduation plans.

One such graduation was for Thrall High School in Williamson County. The graduation ceremony, which was only open to families and close friends of the graduates, was actually moved inside the gymnasium due to inclement weather.

The night quickly changed once the gym was battered by storms.

But in the darkness, the Thrall community still found a way to support its graduates, who have already had a difficult school year due to the pandemic.

In footage shared by attendee Kristen Anderson, graduates and the public could be seen using their cellphone flashlights to illuminate the gymnasium during the graduation ceremony.

“This may not be an ideal graduation ceremony, but I’m so moved that the school community came together to really ‘light up’ the room for these graduates,” Anderson told KXAN.

Meanwhile, heavy storms on Friday night also knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes in surrounding counties. Bastrop, Travis and Williamson county crews are currently working to restore service.

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