A year ago this terrible pandemic seized our nation. Until then the graduating class of 2020 had a typical senior year. Gathering with friends, attending or performing in musical and theatrical events, competing in sports or academic competitions, cheering on their classmates from the stands during games, and enjoying life as a teenager in their final year of high school.
When the world as we knew it came to a halt our hearts wept for the senior class of 2020. They would be robbed of the final months of their senior year and all the rites of passage that happen during those months--gathering to celebrate individual and group achievements, the prom, and of course graduation. Our wonderful community rallied behind those seniors and found creative ways, despite what the world was facing, to celebrate those seniors and let them know they were special. The banner at 5 corners, the signs with their yearbook pictures, and graduation at the fairgrounds were some of the amazing things our community pulled together with short notice and unprecedented circumstances.
It has now been a year since we as a nation have coexisted with this pandemic. We are tired. We are angry. We are worried. We are isolated. We are depressed. So are the seniors in the class of 2021. They have not had a single moment of a typical senior year. They see neighboring schools finding creative ways to celebrate their seniors and make them feel special (outside movie night, outside music and food trucks, celebratory cookies and banners in the school). The seniors of EHS have not received the same message as neighboring schools. They do not feel special. They do not feel celebrated. They are a lost class.
I write this to build awareness in our wonderful community. There is a group of parents who have come together to hopefully make a change for our seniors during their final months of high school. They want them to feel special. They want them to feel celebrated for making it to this amazing milestone in their lives. They will be reaching out to our community, and believe me they know times are hard for many right now. So as a community member, if you see a “senior car parade” go by or special event, give an extra honk or wave. If you employ a senior, let them know they are special. If you own a business and are able to contribute when a parent representative stops by, or already have, Thank you.
Saunie Williams, parent of a Class of 2021 senior