Much has been said about the class of 2020 and how they went from a regular, stressful school year to having the entire world sympathizing with them over the loss of their last semester of high school due to the pandemic. However, the class of 2021 seems to be overlooked.
The class of 2021 has missed out on their entire senior year due to the pandemic and its restrictions.
“I looked forward to making memories with friends before leaving for college. It’s harder to do those things with all of the regulations” said Rachel Chestnut, 12.
Many high school seniors, like Chestnut, have spent their last year of high school sitting in desks six feet apart, wearing masks all day, and missing all of their “lasts” – pep rallies, football games, senior trips, and being able to hangout with their friends.
“I think one of the biggest things I miss this year would have to be the pep rallies and the school dances. They were always so fun, and I was really looking forward to having those last few moments,” said Jocelyn Kuhnert, 12.
Although the seniors have had to miss out on their senior year, the Project Graduation committee has promised their yearly celebration for seniors.
“We’ve had to be a bit more diligent and creative in our planning due to the federal guidelines, but that doesn’t mean it won’t still be fun and special for the seniors,” said Michelle Harris, member of the Project Graduation committee.
However, the big concern for seniors is whether or not they will have a graduation.
“If I had to choose between having a prom and graduation I would for sure pick graduation because it’s what we’ve all been looking forward to these past 4 years,” said Chestnut.
The school board is working their hardest to have a COVID-friendly graduation for the seniors.
In an email sent out to the seniors, Dr. Lewis Villines, principal, informed students there would be two graduation ceremonies that are based on last names and graduates will get six tickets for their family and friends.
Although this year has been a struggle for seniors, they are trying to make the most out of the situation. The school has even put together a COVID-friendly version of prom- a red carpet event.
“Where there is a will, there is a way,” said Harris.