Liony Fernandez, Jack-Arthur Whitlock
This year as been like no other. The pandemic we know as COVID-19 has transformed the lives of many. When it comes to graduating seniors like myself, we have felt this as a major shock. There is no longer a traditional graduation for our family and friends to cheer us on, there will be no final moment to say goodbye to our friends and teachers, and we are not able to experience unforgettable moments such as prom and grad bash.
A traditional graduation and commencement ceremony has been happening for many years. Every class is able to celebrate their accomplishments and 12 years of school at this moment. It is definitely heart shattering to know my family will not be able to cheer me on as I walk down the aisle to receive my diploma. But at the end of the day I agree that the best decision is to withhold the ceremony to try and contain any more spread and contamination of the deadly virus.
At the end of the school year most students say goodbye to their teachers and thank them for the hard work and dedication they have given to their students and school. With all this change the only other alternative would be to reach out to them via email but as you could imagine it will never have the same meaning as giving them a “thank you” in person. After high school most students part ways and continue with their lives, that is why I believe it is important to say goodbye to each other on the very last days of school. Since this came as a shock to everyone we did not have this opportunity. But thankfully, we can at least keep in touch through social media nowadays.
Every student looks forward to their senior prom and it is very disappointing that class of 2020 will not be able to do so. We all picture the moment where we can dance and celebrate with our fellow classmates, but this year marks the moment where every senior will have to forget about this event. Like prom, grad bash is another activity we look forward to at the end of the school year but of course it too had to be cancelled. Overall, I am upset with the way things have turned out. But I believe everything happens for a reason, and all there is to do now is hope for a better tomorrow.
Miami Springs Senior High school has done everything in their power to accommodate their students and especially their graduating seniors. They even held an event for May 23 to celebrate all graduating students. Families and friends could honk their cars as a “parade” in Miami Springs to show the students how proud they are of them. Even though we were not able to attend and celebrate all these activities together, I believe these events have made Class of 2020 even stronger!
Class of 2020 is partaking in global history. It is a shame the studentsdo not get to stand in the sun for two hours while a principal talks abouthow time passed so quickly but alas all seniors must make the sacrificeto partake in their graduation in the safety of their homes. There maybe tears shed and words spoken and through this class of 2020 willtake this experience and live through this pandemic and begin the restof their lives.