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Looking Back at Senior Year, Looking Forward to What’s Next College 

Looking Back at Senior Year, Looking Forward to What’s Next

The students on our cover are all unique, yet they share a common bond as 2020 graduates of Indiana high schools. Meet Noah, Kiara and Ali.

Noah Jager

High School: Bloomington South High School
Post-high school plan: Playing basketball and serving at the United States Military Academy at West Point

Q: What were some of your best moments of senior year?

A: My favorite moments were playing the lead role of “Beast” in “Beauty and the Beast,” being the captain of the basketball team, and participating in a Riley Dance Marathon. The memories my classmates and I made were immensely impactful due to the kindness we presented and the hard work we possessed.

Q: How did you handle the disruption of school due to COVID-19?

A: The loss of prom, graduation, and many school events hurt deeply. I missed going to school every day, seeing my friends, and even taking notes in class. However, the crisis has genuinely made me thankful for all the little things that I once took for granted.

Q: Any advice for the Class of 2021?

A: Join a club, play a sport, or be a part of a school activity. Through these sources, you can establish connections and make many friends. High school students should pursue opportunities to push them out of their comfort zone. High school is a time to learn and grow as a person—get the most out of it!

Kiara Lewis

High School: Lafayette Jefferson High School
Post-high school plan: Majoring in criminal justice and joining the basketball and track teams at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee

Q: What were some of your best moments of senior year?

A: For me, it was definitely overcoming an injury from junior year. I tore my ACL and meniscus during a basketball game where there were many college coaches. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to play or get a scholarship, but after surgery and a lot of hard work and physical therapy, I was able to play again.

Q: How did you handle the disruption of school due to COVID-19?

A: It was very hard. I missed all the little things, like saying hi to friends in the hallway. Also, a lot of my support was at school, so when there was no school, it was more difficult to get help.

Q: Any advice for the Class of 2021?

A: Appreciate every minute.

Ali May

High School: Seymour High School
Post-high school plan: Attend Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus for a year, then transfer to Purdue to study animation, with a minor in technical theatre

Q: What were some of your best moments of senior year?

A: I had the most fun with the theatre department, where I was fortunate enough to have large roles both behind the scenes and on stage. Spirit weeks and other school events were also fun when done right.

Q: How did you handle the disruption of school due to COVID-19?

A: To me, COVID-19 took away all the fun parts that come with being a senior when it comes to events, but I coped by trying to keep a routine and keep my grades up. I learned the most important thing to remember during a time like this is to be kind to yourself and do what you can manage, because this is a deeply traumatic time for everyone, and burning yourself out will only hurt you in the long term.

Q: Any advice for the Class of 2021?

A: Take in as many experiences as you can, because your life won’t be like it is in high school ever again, but make sure you find the right people to have those experiences with because high school is full of people trying to figure everything out and, whether they mean to or not, they tend to hurt each other.

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