Dear Seniors of 2020,
When you’re a teenager, emotions and events seem to hold more importance than anything else going on in the world. Prom is greater than politics, Homework takes a backseat to Spirit Week, and studying can’t hold a candle to designing your Senior Sweatshirt. With our current global and uncertain situation, this has aggressively taken away those promised and traditional experiences of High School.
I hope what you take away from this scary, surreal experience is this: moments like prom and spirit week and memories like designing a sweatshirt, are important but they’re not important because you’re in “High School”; they’re important because of the people you share the moments with. Your class and friendships are more lasting than the school’s foundation.
Health, friends and family matter more in this world than anything else. Remember that the memories you make today, at home over FaceTime, are just as special as if you were making TikToks under a disco ball in a theme-decorated gymnasium. You are the special ingredient, not your surroundings.
Take it from me, a graduate of 2004, a Goretti Girl who has lasting friendships from my class, especially two that I consider sisters. You make the memories so do it every chance you can with the people you love. Remember the inside jokes and make plans for the future because you’re in it, regardless of what it seems like today.
Congratulations on your graduation! So proud of you all!
Have courage and be kind,
Melanie, Class of 2004
PS. 3rd lunch is the best. No contest. Also, popcorn chicken was the bees knees. Hands down.