Monday was a tough day for our local high school seniors.
Already struggling with missing the end of some winter sports seasons and other events unique to the senior experience, Gov. Mike DeWine's closure of schools through the end of the academic year was a crippling blow to their hopes of some normalcy to their final year. It also resulted in the cancellation of spring sports and left very ambiguous how graduation will be handled.
I recall my senior year as a mixture of hard work, fun, and goofiness, but my last year of high school was 34 years ago and wasn't cut short by something out of my control. I also got to run my last track season.
These are all things the class of 2020 won't get. They're sad and that's understandable. My hope is that they get some sort of graduation ceremony that gives them the credit they deserve.
But the resolve of our seniors is still there. I saw many posts on social media lamenting the losses they've suffered due to COVID-19, but also supporting their classmates and celebrating the memories they've made.
Then, at 8:20:20 p.m. last night, the lights at high school football stadiums across the county, state, and nation were blazing in support of the Class of 2020. It's a small gesture, but one that is very important because it shows that we empathize with what they are going through, even if there is little we can do.
If you have a senior in your close circle, let's figure out a way to give them the amazing experience of graduation, while also maintaining the precautions that will keep us all safe.