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Trinity seniors graduate in fire-damaged school

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) -- Seniors at Trinity High School in Dickinson returned to their fire-damaged school to graduate--something many didn't think would be possible.

The school was heavily damaged in a March 3 fire that authorities believe was intentionally set by then-principal Thomas Sander. Students finished out the school year in classes at temporary locations across Dickinson.

Allison Steffan says it was comforting to come back into the building one last time for Sunday's commencement ceremony.

Allison Meyer said the fire has been a lesson in overcoming challenges--trinity something she plans to apply to her personal life.

Sander has pleaded not guilty to charges of arson and endangerment by fire. His trial is scheduled to begin July 23.

Classes at the school are expected to resume in the fall.

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