I can't believe that 20 years ago, I was preparing to graduate high school. I remember the excitement, the nerves about what is next, the thrill of the capstone to 12+ years of formal education. This year's seniors were ready for all of that. The cap and gown, trying to remember which side of the cap to put the tassel on, perhaps picking out the perfect formal attire for senior prom or their outfit to deliver a commencement speech, one last yearbook signing, maybe even a senior celebration post-graduation or a final season of MHSAA sports or a final arts or theater production.
Our seniors have persevered! Despite a challenging end to their junior year, an unsure start to their senior year, and a constant barrage of changes and ups and downs, we are almost to the finish line! Let's recognize our seniors -- both high school and college -- and show the world how proud we are of them, and what a testimony to their character it is that they persevere despite our challenging current circumstances, and that they continue to look toward the bright future that is in store for them. Looking back, this can be a story they share with their children and grandchildren about how they had a historic senior year, and how they showed resilience in the face of challenge.
Through this site, I'd like to create a virtual yearbook to celebrate our seniors. This of course does not replace the things they are missing, but does give us another opportunity to let them shine and share what they have accomplished and their vision for their future. All you have to do is fill out the form to tell me about your senior and upload a photo, and I will do the rest. Will it fill the void of all they are missing? No, not even close. But I hope it brings smiles to the faces of friends and family members when they see their son, daughter, friend, grandchild, niece, nephew, or neighbor recognized in this small way.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2021!
May this be the year when you not only learn it's OK to grieve what you've lost, while also cherishing what you have; the year you learn about your true strength; the year that will go down in history with you as a part of it.