NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A group of North Texas high schooler’s stranded in New York City by Hurricane Sandy is finally back home. There were plenty of hugs and a few tears as the teens from Bishop Lynch High School arrived at DFW Airport Friday morning.

The school debate team took a “red eye” flight to get into North Texas just before 10 a.m.

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Parents waited anxiously for the 13 students to get off the plane. It was an emotional homecoming for parents who said they’re glad their kids are safe, sound and back home.

“I’m so happy, there’s no words,” parent Stephanie Harmon said.

The team that had spent the last week hunkered down at their hotel in Times Square was finally home.

Student Erin Brown was unsure how the group would fare when she heard the hurricane was moving toward them. “When I first heard that our flight was going to be delayed because of the hurricane it was really scary,” she said. “We had some fortunate conditions with where we were able to stay. We managed to avoid the worst of it.”

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The team took the week of uncertainty in stride. “It was certainly an adventure,” student Ben Yaxall said. “It was something different. I mean it’s the farthest I’ve ever been from my parents for a long period of time.”

The debate team from Bishop Lynch High School returns to North Texas after Hurricane Sandy stranded them in New York City. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

While most of the students enjoyed the camaraderie all agreed they were glad to be home. Jacob King said, “I’ve seen enough of them. I love them but I’m ready to go home.”

There was a consensus among the group that what started as a debate competition ultimately turned into a teachable moment. Bishop Lynch teacher David Post put it into simple terms. “How lucky we are for the things that we have, and the gifts that we have, and our parents, our homes, our safety. I need that lesson. It definitely put a lot of things into perspective.”

The students still don’t know the final outcome of the competition. Because of Hurricane Sandy event organizers weren’t really able to tabulate the results.

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