This year’s senior class did not know their last day in school with their friends would be Friday the 13th of May. Even when the initial soft closure of school was announced there was hope it would be over in two weeks, but that two weeks lasted over two months. There were senior memory moments beyond the cap and gown mass march that were missed — dances, spring sports, yearbook signing, the last class together, hugs, farewells, and other “‘til we meet again,” moments. It may not be until your first reunion that you are brought together again.
It would be insensible to suggest that memories created by the COVID-19 pandemic of online classes, virtual graduations, graduation stage walks, social distancing, stay home and stay safe, and mask wearing can in any way compensate for your loss of opportunities for traditional memories. As Grantsville High School valedictorian Makayla Lear said, “It almost feels like we were robbed of the culmination of our year…”
Now, after your abbreviated year, you are being sent out into a world where pandemics are still possible, people are protesting in streets, and political discourse has become filled with rancor.
Your challenge — to find your dream and make it come true.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it should be that the future is uncertain, nothing is promised, what is here today may not be there tomorrow.
Despite uncertainty, may you hold onto hope; remembering that hope is not seeing light at the end of the tunnel, but knowing the light is there even when you can’t see it.
You stuck it out and made it to the end of high school with a diploma in hand as proof.
Best wishes in your future endeavors.
Now that you’ve made it through the 2020 school year, as school board member Alan Mouritsen told the Grantsville High School class of 2020, “you can laugh in the face of hard times and you can say ‘bring it on.’”