Seniors reflect on losing end of school year
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine closed Ohio K-12 schools through the end of this school year, which means the Harrison High School class of 2020 won’t see many of the normal end-of-the-year senior activities.
Other cancellations include spring sports seasons, and competitions and conferences for organizations like HOSA and DECA.
Below, four seniors reflect on how they feel to have their senior year changed forever.
Haynie said the situation surrounding this school year feels weird and unfinished, and not being in school has made her realize she should have been more grateful for high school.
“I didn’t even know my last day of high school was my last day of high school,” she said.
Many of the normal senior activities, such as prom, won’t take place.
Haynie said she hopes they are still able to have a senior banquet, which is when seniors get awards and the class shares senior superlatives.
Haynie was in charge of the senior video for the banquet, and she is still attempting to create a virtual senior video.
She sent the senior class a bunch of questions about their quarantine experience and how they have been affected by not being able to participate in activities such as drama or sports.
Haynie said many seniors did respond with a video of how their life has been going.
During these past few weeks, students have also participated in remote learning, and Haynie said it was difficult at first with the amount of work they had, and it was a bit harder to feel motivated while at home.
But, she said eventually everyone got into more of a routine and the video calls are a nice way to have some social interaction with people in class.
She has also continued to do a virtual version of the “What’s Up, Wildcats” newscast.
Haynie plans to attend Northern Kentucky University and major in social work.
She has a virtual orientation in June, and said going to college is something that is already complicated, and adding the quarantine is double the stress.
Similar to Haynie, Mobley said she didn’t like remote learning at first and felt like they were bombarded with work, but now things have steadied out.
She also said her senioritis was kicking in a little bit, and this last quarter has been easier, but it’s weird not seeing everyone on a daily basis.
When not working on school work, Mobley said she has also been working at Skyline, watching Netflix, or going to the park to run, bike, or walk with friends.
She has had more time to focus on herself, she said, and isn’t around friends that she usually talks to every day.
Mobley has also seen some important things in her life go away because of the school shutdown. She has run cross country for four years, but was participating in track for the first time this year, and is sad that it got cancelled.
She also said activities like prom and graduation are supposed to be the best last part of senior year, and she had even already bought her prom dress and now won’t get to use it.
Mobley also plans to go to NKU and major in radiological science. She thinks the first day might be a little bit hard because she won’t be at NKU for orientation, but thinks it will all be fine in the end.
At first, Heimkreiter said the stay-at- home situation wasn’t fun because he wasn’t allowed to go out anywhere or do anything, but as it has gone on, he has been able to hang out with more people.
He also recently started working for a landscape company, which he said is his “ticket out of quarantine” because it enables him to get out of the house, make some money, and be outdoors.
He said he isn’t a huge fan of remote learning and would prefer to be in the classroom learning from a teacher.
It was confusing and kind of hard to get used to at first, he said, but after a while, the school made it a little easier and more relaxed.
Heimkreiter said he’s disappointed that senior pranks and senior play day, when the class would have had a fun day off school, won’t be happening.
He also said it’s really starting to sink in that he’s not going to see the people that he would normally see on a daily basis. Heimkreiter plans to attend Miami University for special
Roush and other students were in the middle of working on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when Ohio schools were shutdown, and she said it’s hard not to take a bow on that stage one last time.
They had been rehearsing for a while and Roush said this was one of the biggest productions they had ever done and they had high hopes and ambitions for it.
“So seeing that not ever get to play out is hard,” said Roush.
Roush is also involved in the Hope Squad, a student-run organization to spread awareness of mental health and suicide.
She said they don’t exist to counsel people or give them a diagnosis, but to listen to them and help them in the right direction.
Roush said the Hope Squad continues to meet virtually to figure out how to help people during this time, as well.
She said she is sad that senior traditions aren’t happening, and said everything ended so abruptly that they didn’t even have a chance to say goodbye to teachers or friends.
She said they didn’t even know when everything happened that it would be the last time they stepped foot in the school.
It’s tough being away from everyone, she said, but it’s nice that technology can enable her to stay in touch.
She is trying to stay optimistic, and hopeful that they can get something squared away for graduation, and hopes everyone is staying safe and healthy.
She is planning to go to Florida State University and major in media and communication studies with a double major in marketing.