Dear classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023:
During this pandemic, you've seen the class of 2020 lose the last three months of their senior year. Senior sports seasons, prom, and graduation were all ripped from us. We were handed our diplomas in a manilla envelope in front of a couple of other teachers and that's it for us. But hopefully not for you.
No one really knows what's going to happen in the near future, we'll have to wait and find out. But here's what I do know: you still have time. Time to form tighter bonds with classmates, to prepare for the future (whatever that may hold), and to make as many memories as you can.
To the class of 2021, I'm sorry your junior prom was taken. I truly am, but hopefully, you can have a senior prom and you'll make it count. You didn't get to take the SATs or ACT which are definitely an experience. You've missed your spring junior sports seasons and "summer before senior year" plans. For this I'm sorry, it really does suck. For everyone. All I can say is try to find the silver lining in each scenario. Try and make as many memories as possible, you never know what's going to happen.
To the classes of 2022 and 2023. You guys might not understand this now but enjoy high school. There are's many days when it feels absolutely awful, but that's only sometimes. And overall, it's such a great experience. There are experiences in high school that you'll treasure. From seeing your classmates to pep rallies to football games, you'll treasure it after the fact.
And finally, please please please savor every moment. Treasure those morning coffee runs, the after school dash to sports or work, driving with friends, school events, classes surrounded by people you've known forever. Treasure it all, because you never know what can happen.