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Many graduating seniors at Joplin High School are anxious to get on with their lives. Somewhat incredibly, even a visit from President Obama on Monday evening was not enough to dampen the desire of many teens to move on from a tragedy that has defined a community in the nation’s eyes.

But the reality is that the community has been moving on—rapidly by some accounts—from last year’s EF-5 tornado that plowed through 7,500 homes and more than 500 businesses, claiming 161 lives and inflicting $2.8 billion in damages.

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