When we covered the Virginia Tech shooting last year, one aspect of the story I found so amazing was some students' responses to it. A junior at the time said she "could never imagine leaving"; she felt that she owed it "to the students to go back and just finish the year out." And a freshman talked about how she wanted to finish her classes to have closure.
Their stories reflected marks of resilience, our Word to the Wise for that day. And one year later, you could see it rising in the next group of Virginia Tech students, embodied in the decision of Haley Freking to attend the university despite what it went through. Whether you'd describe this as simple determination or, in the words of CNN reporter Kate Bolduan, "the fighting Hokie spirit," you've got to admit that it's remarkable.
Carl Azuz, Anchor