🏠😷🦠 Life As A QuaranTEEN 🦠😷🏠 The UnifiEd Student Voice Team Blog Surrounding COVID-19 and the Associated School Closure
Unlike so many other districts, not only within the state of Tennessee but throughout the entire country, Hamilton County has received alternate dates for high school graduations across the county...
Although this gives us relief, it still is not promising enough. Knowing that the date of this special event is decided upon based on the way the world improves from its uncontrollable downfall is a lot more than most teens can bear.
The Student Voice team has been reaching out to students across the district with questions regarding how they have been dealing with losing one of the most enjoyable parts of the school year. We received multiple answers but one in particular stuck out to us. Dennis from East Ridge High School states, "This entire year has already been pretty rough for me as it is. Having the ability to lose my prom and my graduation is heartbreaking and very painful, to say the least. When I graduated, I never thought that I would ever miss school but I genuinely miss it so much."
With me being a senior myself, this response hit home for me. The feelings and emotions coming from this tragic situation are indescribable. Yes, we have a date and it makes things a little easier to process, but it does not change the fact that the new date can be pushed back yet again. I don’t know about anyone else, these times have been very difficult but I will say it has gotten better over the weeks.
I encourage all students but especially the graduating class to KEEP PUSHING! Although it seems that the world has come to a stop, things get better soon. You have evaluated the situation and have had time to process it as well. It is left up to you, and only you, to decide how this will affect you. Although this is a hard time for everyone, I urge that each and every individual use this time in a positive manner and keep a productive and flourishing mindset. Keep your head high seniors it is official, so we think.