Former Randall High Athletes Return to Amarillo After Surviving Hurricane Irma & Maria


They weren’t expected to be home so soon in the year, but Mother Nature had other plans.

Two former Randall High athletes are back in Amarillo after surviving Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Carlos Pena and Aaron Latimer were attending the University of the Virgin Islands on soccer scholarships.

Because of those two hurricanes, their campus experience got cut short, for the meantime.

They had quite the audience waiting for them as they walked off the plane this afternoon.

Greeted by applause, hugs, and tears. 

Their friends and family were obviously happy to have them back on dry land and in their arms. 

The teens say this experience made them appreciate the simple things we take for granted here in the states: continuous clean water, electricity, multiple meals a day and communication. 

Not only were they cut off from their friends and family, but Latimer lost his phone to water damage from the storms.

“I tried to email my mom while we had wifi, lost that, so I didn’t talk to her for about a week. And then about 200 yards away from our school, there’s a tower that people were climbing and trying to get service, it wasn’t really meant for that. There was a whole other building that came down and they were climbing the stairs,” said Aaron Latimer, Survived Hurricanes.

These college freshmen only got a taste of campus life for a few months and now they’re having to regroup.

Although Pena says he’s enrolled in online classes and plans to return to the Virgin Islands. 

Latimer says he’s trying to figure out his school situation.

The students say the people in the Virgin Islands went above and beyond to help them, as well as the university. 

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