LITTLE ROCK Ark. (KTHV)- Hurricane Sandy kept some Little Rock residents stranded, but Saturday ten students and two teachers return home after a scary field trip. The group traveled to New York City for a debate competition.
Lots of happy parents greeted the group, after they spent an extra six days away from home. The debate team came home in two waves. Five arrived yesterday and Sunday we caught up with the remaining seven just happy to be home.
Big hugs and happy smiles welcomed this group. The Parkview High School debate team traveled to Brooklyn, New York for the Empire World Mock Trial Championship. They were set to stay for four days, but Hurricane Sandy had other plans.
"Watching it on TV, knowing you were in the same city and seeing the flooding in Queens which is like a couple of blocks from us it was weird, I've never been in a natural disaster of that magnitude." Eleventh grader Colin Boid says the experience was unforgettable. Bad weather and canceled flights kept the debate team in New York almost an extra week. The group had to travel home separately, some on Friday and some on Saturday.
"It was very long, and I of course became the mamma to these students, but they were a very good group." Debate Coach Pat Treadway says the students did well despite the scary circumstances. "When the storm moved in it was very loud, and we were on the 14th floor and but it was kicking debris up and rocks and sand against the window on the 14th floor," says Treadway.
The group stayed at the Marriott in Brooklyn, they took cover inside ballrooms on a lower level without windows.
While Boid enjoyed his trip and even won an award, he is glad to be back home in the Natural State and not going through a natural disaster. "New York was a great experience but there is no place like home."
The group not only stayed safe, their chaperones say the debate team could not have handled the situation better. The team represented Little Rock well, they placed 12th out of 38 teams from around the world.