Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Aug. 11, 2020

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2020 Hockinson graduate Braden Greene

The Columbian
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May is a busy time for high school students, particularly seniors. But now, the coronavirus pandemic has canceled sports, competitions and activities, not to mention prom and graduation. What event or activity were you particularly excited for this year? Why is it important to you? How are you feeling missing it?

Color War, (a program where students wear a specific color to show spirit. Students traditionally compete — the most spirited class wins). Hockinson always has the best Color War and we were going to be the only class to win Color War back to back. We had the color red since elementary school, when we were given that color. It’s part of who we are.

Many of you talked about the lack of closure this year brought. Tell us about why it’s important to you to have some sense of closure on your educational experience, and what, if anything, you’re doing to make peace with the fact that this period of your life is coming to an end.

It marks the end of an era. It’s something that many look back on and remember the end of their high school days. Our end came much sooner than we expected.

The coronavirus pandemic is an event of global scale and with massive historical implications. But the class of 2020 has lived through a number of other historical events: The 2016 election, the Parkland shooting, a rise in youth activism and more. How have these events shaped you, and how do you think this pandemic will affect your understanding of the world in the future?

I feel that these events have shown me that being rational is better than freaking out and trying to be quick about what’s gonna happen next. It’s taught me that in order to make it through the time in front of you, you need to understand what’s going on.

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