By Gabby Barcinas and Jada Seto
Last year, the graduating class of 2020 was devastated to lose the last few months of their senior year. For the Class of 2021, students believed that by the time their senior year rolled around, the year would look completely normal. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The seniors of 2021 started off the year in a new and uncharted way, with some going back to school part-time and others not at all. So, how exactly are the seniors feeling about the unorthodox way they are spending their last year in high school?
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Seniors Nicolette Caneda and Aaron Gitelman pose for a picture together.
“To commemorate the end of summer and the beginning of the end, my group of friends and I stayed away from large crowds and enjoyed a sunset on the beach. It was really heartwarming because these are the same friends I’ve had since seventh grade, so it was almost like things had come full circle," said Gayathri Suresh.
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From left to right, seniors Gauri Shyamnath, Khushi Shah, Saanvi Mirchandani, Banmeet Kaur, and Maddie Sepcaru watch the sunset at the beach.
“Our senior sunset gave me a different feeling of gratitude to have a little get-together with the class one last time before never seeing them in school during this pandemic,” said senior Pia Rose Alana.
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From left to right, seniors Siya Sharma and Jyotsna Kottilil bond before the start of senior year.
“It’s sad to have all the expectations and plans for a senior year slowly slip away. I know my friends and I have always talked about what we would expect out of senior year but that’s now been put on hold so it feels kind of disappointing,” said senior Evita George.
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From left to right, seniors Taylor Jung and Sophia Giamarino pose in front of their decorated car.
“Since COVID-19 did not allow my friends and I to be together in person, we opened up a Discord chat and watched a live sunset to commemorate the last day of summer and the beginning of our senior year,” said senior Sakib Azgar.
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From left to right, seniors Taylor Jung, Jasmine Garnica, Vanessa Piazza, Sophia Giamarino, Mariane George and Renee Vlakancic come together for a picture at the beach.
All in all, it is safe to say that COVID-19 has definitely uprooted everyone's lives. But, that does not mean seniors have given up their year. Everyone is trying to stay connected in a safe way and commemorate the last year they have together as high schoolers. If there’s one thing about their senior year, it is that it is pretty unique. Here’s to the 2021 seniors.