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Eagle finds new calling in wake of disaster

The powerful tornadoes that swept through Kentucky in March caused devastation in many communities. However, the disaster also brought out the best in the state’s citizens. People sprung into action to make donations and help out in any way they could.

In the case of Georganna Hill (01), the tornadoes gave her a new calling and a chance to reconnect to her hometown.

Growing up in West Liberty, Ky., Hill saw herself as a child whose long-term goals would lead her away from her small town roots.

After graduating from MSU, her life took her in that direction. However, the combination of her marriage ending, her desire to care for her ailing grandfather and homesickness led her to move back to West Liberty in October 2011. While she was glad to be back in Appalachia, she wasn’t sure what direction her life was headed until nature intervened.

“I had been sitting here thinking, what am I going to do?” Hill said. “And then, we had a tornado.”

It took less than 24 hours after the storms hit her hometown for Hill to take action. Under the guidance of the nonprofit organization Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa and with assistance from AmeriCorps, she used her communications background to make local connections and get assistance from churches outside the area.

According to Hill, she’s been thoroughly impressed by the time donated by her alma mater as well. “The things MSU has done have been amazing,” Hill said. “Seeing the way they’ve stepped up, I’ve never been prouder to be an Eagle.”

“I’ve decided I’m going to live here. This is where I’m going to stay,” Hill said. “I will keep helping in any way I can because this is my home and we have to work together and we have to rebuild. I try to see it as a blank canvas on which we can paint what we can dream.”

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