Seniors look to make the best of a tough situation
To say the graduating class of 2020 got short-changed is probably an understatement. Senior trips, proms, even graduation ceremonies across the nation have been canceled or postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Not to mention the number of spring sports, playoffs, awards banquets, and senior plays and recitals that were canceled as well.
For Blue Earth Area graduates, it seems these young ladies and gentlemen have a deep understanding of the effects of the stay at home order, and the pandemic itself, and have valiantly come to terms and embraced their situation.
Luke Carr is one of those seniors who has embraced what has happened to his senior year. Carr, son of Paul and Karla Carr, was excited for his final high school season of baseball, advancing to the national level for Business Professionals of America in Washington, D.C., prom, banquets and graduation.
Carr says he is still holding on to hope that some things can still commence, but at a later date, like the baseball season, prom, and graduation.
“I and many other seniors are obviously disappointed with the whole situation, but our biggest point of emphasis is that we do not want these events cancelled,” he said. “Pushing these events back to a later date, I feel, is the best option. For example, prom might actually be nicer pushed back, for the weather would most likely be better by then.”
Katlyn Schonborn is another BEA graduate who has had many of her year-end plans change. She is the daughter of Brian and Amy Schonborn.
“Some of the activities that were supposed to happen before COVID-19 came into play were my dance classes and recital, all of the weekly and monthly activities involved in different extracurriculars like BPA, NHS?(National Honors Society), Student Council and Peer Helping,” says the senior. “A few other major events for seniors in their last year of high school are all of the end-of-the-year banquets and prom. All of these events have been either postponed or canceled. There are no set dates as to when they may take place due to the unpredictability of the situation. I am concerned these events will not take place the way they were intended, however, I know the school and community are working hard to find ways around the current situation and making the best out of a tough situation.”
Schonborn, who was also planning to go to the National BPA convention in D.C., says until more information is released by Governor Tim Walz for Minnesota’s Safe at Home plan for May and June, she is putting her graduation party on hold.
“It is hard to make any commitments,” she says. “If it gets to the point where people are unable to gather this summer, I will most likely celebrate at a later date with close family.”
The senior says she also works at St. Luke’s Care Center in the dietary department and has been able to continue working there through quarantine.
Schonborn says during the first week of the stay at home order, she finalized her college commitment. She will be attending Gustavus Adolphus College and plans to major in accounting.
“As of right now, I am unable to attend the college for admitted student day and orientation,” Schonborn shares. “I am hoping the pandemic does not affect plans into late summer and fall.”
Carr still plans to have a graduation party, even if it has to get pushed into late summer.
“Hopefully not that far back,” he says. And he still plans on attending South Dakota State University in Brookings for agricultural business and accounting. “My new student orientation will be held virtually and I have been staying in contact with my future roommate to make sure we have all the necessary items covered for our room.”
Whatever the plan may become for the class of 2020 at BEA for prom, for graduation, and for their future endeavors in the fall, this class still has a great amount of hope.
“I think our class will be remembered for our persistence and patience with these circumstances,” says Schonborn. “Our class missed out on the opportunity for big moments in this chapter of our lives, but many have found ways to overcome the disappointments and stay positive. It is a tough situation to accept however, focusing on what is important and bettering ourselves and the community during this time can allow us to come out of this stronger and more appreciative.”
“Even though this pandemic has changed many of our plans, we will always stay strong through this and make the best of what we got,” says Carr. “To reference Psalm 46:2-3, ‘God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to the depths of the sea…”
Both Carr and Schonborn, along with many other BEA graduates are celebrating their class on Facebook. Check out the Blue Earth Area Class of 2020 Facebook page to see where each of our local seniors are headed in the fall.