We’re currently in a weird time seeing as the country is closed. Schools, churches, dine-in restaurants, movie theaters. You name it. Everything is shut down. The stay-at-home orders are taking a toll on everyone, but I feel like students scheduled to graduate this May or June are feeling the effects the most.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that all schools statewide will remain closed for the rest of the year. “I know that many have felt this was inevitable – but trust me when I say, this was not a decision I made lightly,” Pritzker said in his daily briefing. Despite many of us knowing that there was little chance of us returning to school to finish out the year, we still tried to have hope that things would change. This announcement basically crushed all that hope we had, especially for the class of 2020.
Pritzker dedicated a portion of his speech to the high school seniors:
“To our high school seniors. I know you are feeling sad about missing the prom, senior pranks, senior nights and of course graduation. Hear it from me as your governor, there is room for you to feel all those things, big and small. You will get through this too. You will talk about this for the rest of your lives and you will go on to do amazing things. I am very, very proud of you.”
We all understand that this is being done as a way to make sure we’re all staying safe and healthy, but that doesn’t make it hurt any less. The class of 2020 has been dealt the worst hand ever. We don’t get to participate in any of the activities we’ve been looking forward to since we were kids. But we obviously aren’t the only students suffering. “And to children of all ages – this is a very strange moment that you’re living in,” said the governor. Everybody’s going through it right now and it’s upsetting to see everyone feeling the way that they do.
Well, class of 2020, our time has come to an unfortunate end, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating your successes. Be proud that you were able to get this far and keep working towards going even further and reaching more goals.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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