St. Mary's Students March Home After Braving East Coast Storm

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A group of students from St. Mary's Central High School who were stranded in a blizzard on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for more than 20 hours this weekend are finally home safe.

It was an exciting day for everyone at St. Mary Central High School who was waiting to welcome back the group who left almost a week ago to participate in the March For Life in Washington, D.C. It was even more exciting for those counting down the miles before they can get off a bus they've been traveling in for more than 100 hours.

The parking lot at St. Mary Central High School was packed as students and relieved parents were reunited.

"It's really nice. I can't wait to shower and have a meal from my mom instead of Pizza Hut everyday," senior Lauren Nordberg said.

"I told everybody today it's like a Christmas present I can't wait to unwrap. I just am so excited to have her home," parent Pam Emmil said.

Back home safe after 101 hours in a bus, at one point that was stuck in a blizzard for more than 20 hours on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

"After hour like 15 we were like what's going on are we ever going to get out of here, but it was fine," senior Courtney Emmil said.

"We started rationing for food, but I was like I think we're going to be OK. But it was something," Nordberg said.

The students weren't going to let the blizzard bury their spirits. Instead, they showed off how North Dakotans handle a little snow.

"We like did snow angels and there was like a bus from Texas behind us that we're all just pointing at us saying that we we're nuts. We were like this is fun we're playing in the snow," senior Bethany Materi said.

Braving the cold to help others push cars out of more than 2 feet of snow. Also, making memories that will last a lifetime.

"It was a great trip, it was worth it. I mean being stuck wasn't ideal, but it was definitely worth it because we got to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves," Courtney Emmil said.

It might be hard to believe, but this group of student's say they'd do it all over again.

Students from Bishop Ryan in Minot, Trinity High School in Dickinson and Watford City were also on the pilgrimage and made it back home safely today.