Laura Beachy ’12 will never forget being in her sixth-grade English class on September 11, 2001, when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a field in Stonycreek Township, only 15 miles away from her school. The terrorist attack forever changed Somerset County, Pennsylvania, and the lives of many residents, having an effect on the area that endures today. “I think 9/11 was just so full of fear and confusion that it took quite a while to truly process what happened and how my tiny middle-of-nowhere town became a place the entire world knew about,” says Beachy, a Newhouse School alumna. “9/11 put us on the map.”
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