Why? Because it was the day after the F4 tornado that we saw coming towards the annex building where we were prepping for the tourney. Rachel and Lacey came running out of the teacher's lounge yelling, "Funnelcloud! Funnelcloud!" I went in and looked out the window and saw it coming towards us. We all went to the principal's office to take cover. (This was in the evening after school and only the quiz team was there.)
Miraculously the tornado lifted up and jumped over the building. The whole school was unscathed. Unfortunately the surrounding neighborhoods had massive amounts of destruction. At that point in my life I did not fully realize the impact that the tornado had on the people in those neighborhoods. I understood years later when I encountered my second tornado in my own neighborhood.
My mom got to the school not long after the tornado went through the area. I remember that she had our sheltie Rhett with her. Mom had just picked him up from the kennel because we had been out of town for most of the week because my Grandma E. had just died. Yeah, it was one crazy week!