Class of 2020: A bright future lies ahead for all of us

Class of 2020: A bright future lies ahead for all of us

Hiland senior Joel Kornhaus, second from left, and his Hawks soccer teammates were fortunate to get their season in during the fall. Winter and spring sports seasons were either cut short or lost forever to the coronavirus, leaving a hole in the graduating class' hearts.


The Class of 2020 has been subject to a lot of vision puns. One of my favorites is “our future’s so bright, we’ve gotta wear shades.”

Ironically enough, our final year of high school has been cut short by a crisis that no one could have seen coming, even as recently as a year ago. Senior year is supposed to be a lot like a roller coaster. We’ve gone through elementary and middle school before finally being “tall enough” to ride the tallest, fastest coaster in the park.

Even after the ride starts, the wait is not over. We enjoy the twists, the turns, the bumps, but everyone’s mind is on the final drop: the 100-foot, 80-mph drop that has become a rite of passage. For the Class of 2020, the journey to that 100-foot drop has been changed in a very significant way.

We waited in the three-hour lines, and right as we sat down, preparing for the ride of our lives, the park closed. As hard as it may be, our time in these final weeks on the roller coaster of k-12 education will be much more enjoyable if we can find a bright side to our situation.

Sure, we may not get to experience that final drop, but at least then we don’t have to buy an overpriced, blurry picture from the gift shop. Additionally, disappointment tends to fade with a little perspective. Sure, riding a roller coaster might be fun, but it probably wouldn’t be the best thing to ever happen to you.

Similarly, year-end ceremonies would have been a lot of fun, and it is a real shame we are missing out on them, but it is not as if we have nothing else to look forward to.

On the contrary, we have our whole lives ahead of us. What’s more, we have an amazing community and many caring people supporting us as we navigate this trying time in our lives. We are in a unique situation, and how we react to the changes that have been put into place is up to us.

It may sound cliche, but senior year is only the end of one chapter of our lives, ushering in new experiences and opportunities. With that, I would like to remind my classmates to look for the humor in our situation with a new twist on a classic saying. Class of 2020, our future’s so bright we’ve gotta wear masks!

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