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Students recreate high school in Minecraft to hang out together virtually

Posted at 12:09 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 18:38:36-04

MASSILLON, Ohio — A group of high schoolers in Stark County is making the most of the stay at home order. While school is on hold, more than a dozen Washington High School students recreated the halls they once walked through in Minecraft.

“I didn’t think it was going to look that good,” said Brayden Geier, freshman at Massillon Washington.

Students made the Minecraft mockup complete with school buses, a cafeteria and gymnasium, and the Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.

For those who don’t know, Minecraft is an online sandbox game where players can explore natural landscapes and build from their imagination.

“With this game we can really connect with each other. Hop in a party and stay connected even though we aren’t in school,” said Geier.

These students' escape from reality comes in the form this virtual playground — friendships strengthened by pixels instead of paper and pencil.

“It’s cool because I feel like we’ve got a closer bond even though we’re not seeing each other,” said Noah Heinzer, Massillon Washington Sophomore.

Fun is something that’s in short supply of these days but these students have enjoyed every second of their secluded study hall.

“We could’ve got mad because there were a lot of mistakes, but we just kept working together and made it better,” said Noah.