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MAY 2020

ASMS • AUBURN • BEAUREGARD • BEULAH • GLENWOOD SCHOOL • LEE-SCOTT ACADEMY • LOACHAPOKA • OPELIKA • SMITHS STATION • TRINITY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

TABLE OF CONTENTS

To the Graduating Class of 2020,

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How does one even begin to write a letter of encouragement to a group of people that have had their senior year turned inside out and upside down in ways that were unimaginable just six months ago. No one could have anticipated witnessing the entire world practically shutting down in just a matter of days. One minute you’re on spring break and the next you’re being told to “stay at home,” and “socially distance yourself” from your classmates, friends and neighbors. Next, you learn that you won’t be going back to high school but instead you will finish your senior year via online instruction. Spring sports are cancelled. Social events are cancelled or postponed. Graduation ceremonies are up in the air higher than mortar boards thrown by an exuberant senior. What a roller coaster you have been forced to ride. But ride it out you have. You have carried on and you have perservered. You have made it to the end of your senior year even during these unprecedented times. Oh, the stories you will have to share with your future children as they prepare for their senior year. Use this experience to help you navigate the roller coasters of life that are yet to come. When you are blindsided by life events, look back on these days and remember that even the worst situations are usually temporary and that they too will pass. Have courage and press on, just as you have done the last two months. Remember you are a part of a special group of people. You are the Class of 2020 and you are Lee County Strong!

ASMS .................................................10 Auburn High School ........................16 Beauregard High School ..................26 Beulah High School .........................32 Glenwood ..........................................38 Lee Scott Academy ............................44 Loachapoka High School ................50 Opelika High School .......................54 Smiths Station High School .............66

Congratulations to each of you. We are proud of you! We would like to offer a special thanks to all the community members that bought ads, made donations or contributed in other ways to make this publication possible.

Trinity Christian School ..................72 Homeschool Grads ............................76

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Class of 2020 overcomes COVID-19 challenges

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he 2019-2020 school year had been a fairly normal one for students around Lee County, and at the beginning of March, area seniors had their sights set on one of life’s greatest stepping stones: high school graduation. However, a new Coronavirus, commonly referred to by many as COVID-19, had other plans. All schools in Lee County, both public and private, made announcements from March 13 through 15 that school would be put on hold until at least early April as the virus began to make its presence known around the state. Nearly two weeks later on March 26, Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey announced that all K-12 public schools around the state would

have to move to “alternative methods of instruction.” That ruling applied to the Lee County School System, along with Auburn and Opelika city schools. The county’s private schools, Glenwood, Lee-Scott Academy, The Oaks and Trinity Christian, soon followed suit, resulting in the cancellation or postponement of traditional spring festivities including field trips, proms, sports seasons and, most importantly, graduation. Graduation ceremonies around the county will be held, albeit, in new and creative ways. Smiths Station has plans to do a drive-thru ceremony with graduates queing up in line and driving up to receive their diplomas. Opelika High School planned multiple small group commencement activities allowing a small number

of students and up to six members of their families to participate a time. Longtime followers of the Observer may notice a different format for this year’s Graduation publication, which was made with seniors in mind. As you flip through the pages of this magazine, you’ll see and read about 34 of our area’s seniors. These seniors volunteered to represent the more than 1,700 high school seniors in Lee County that make up the Class of 2020. This will certainly be a senior year that many will not soon forget. To those featured and to all of our area seniors, we wish you the best as you begin charting out the path for your life and make a difference wherever you are planted. Sincerely, The Opelika Observer Staff


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want to congratulate our four seniors from Lee County on their graduation and success as students at the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science. Although our academic year did not end as we anticipated, graduating from ASMS is a reflection of the dedication, resilience, and excellence these students have exhibited throughout their time at our institution. When you look at their accomplishments, indeed, it is remarkable. I am so grateful to see these students achieving at such high levels, and I am confident they will continue to do so throughout their pursuit of higher education and into their career. They will be ASMS alumni who transform their communities, states, and nations through their scholarship, innovation and leadership. Congratulations again to our ASMS Lee County graduates. We are proud of you, and we celebrate with you! - Dr. John Hoyle, President

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2020 Lee County Graduates

Ben Cogar

Sam Dunlop

Samantha Gutierrez

William Howton

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Benton Cogar

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How long have you been attending/going to ASMS? I’ve (been) attending ASMS since my sophomore year of high school, so three years in total.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to be the president of the Movie Club, treasurer of the Key Club, chair of the Student Judiciary Committee, co-head of the Marketing Team, Biology Laboratory Assistant, member of the Animal Rescue Foundation of Mobile and The Math League.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? I wanted to enjoy my senior year and take time to establish what I wanted to do going into adulthood. I wanted to finish

out strong with straight A’s and try to take as many classes that were interesting and aligned with my future goals. It always seemed to be a feat to juggle the present and the future, so I just wanted to make sure I had a strong foundation when applying to college and for any future endeavors. The virus hitting was definitely a shocker however, as many students have never taken online courses (including myself), and many ASMS faculty and staff have never had to make such a large transition. I was thankful however to have lots of professors and fellow peers get me to my goals. I was able to take all of the classes that I wanted including molecular biology, oceanography, B/C calculus, organic chemistry and many more. I also was able to finish out my college applications and kept up my grades along with them, along with discovering true passions with them. It has certainly been a challenge, but the virus has definitely not put a damper on any of my dreams and future plans as I move forward.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? I was definitely upset, mostly because of leaving friends behind on such short notice. Since this is occurring in my senior year, lots of things have been taken away from us, but quality time with friends back in Mobile being the hardest to overcome. School work has also definitely left me with its own plethora of challenges. I’ve grown accustomed to the wonderful way that the ASMS professors teach, and the hands-on learning and discussion really enriched the learning environment. The online learning environment

is definitely harder to gain insight from, and has taken time to fully grasp the style that online teaching brings to the table. While it is not ideal, I’ve learned to appreciate everything that my teachers are doing to make the online platform as smooth as possible, all the while trying to ease the emotions that so many of us are feeling.

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What is your plan moving forward? My plan moving forward is definitely finishing college with degrees in biopsychology and chemistry. I plan to attend a MD-PhD program in the hopes to gain my doctorate in psychiatric medicine and become a clinical research scientist in behavioral science. I hope to use college and the general future to hone my skills and knowledge so I can jump into the world of research and science overall.

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When you look back on your school years at ASMS in the future, what do you think you’ll remember most? I will remember the people who really drove the community aspect for me, which is majority of the students and teachers. These people have taught me so much more than I could have possibly imagined and I’m so grateful for them. The wonderful friends that I have made and grown to love. The teachers who were always there to make sure that I was feeding my intellect and always engaged into something new. Those are the things I’ll never forget.

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Alabama School of Mathematics and Science

Samantha Gutierrez

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How long have you been attending/going to ASMS? Three years, ever since my sophomore year! What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? Sophomore year I was a part of Key Club, but I mainly took it easy that year. However, junior year, I participated in my school’s Spanish Cultural Exchange program and was able to go to Seville, Spain for three months! I was inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society. During my senior year, I was an RLST (Residential Life Support Team), President of Spanish Club, and the Head of Equipment for Science Bowl. Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize

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any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? This year, I had really only hoped to enjoy my senior year. I was excited to finally get to experience what I had seen those older than me experience for the past few years. I was excited to be with my friends as we got accepted into colleges. Then, the virus hit, and we were sent home. Although this meant that I wouldn’t have senior prom or a Senior Tea, I still think that my high school experience isn’t that empty.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? When we first were being sent home, it was supposed to be temporary. Still, I think we all knew that we were not going to be coming back. I was obviously very sad, and I


cried with my friends during our last day together. It was hard to come to terms with the fact that I was leaving school, a place that had become my home for the past three years.

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What is your plan moving forward? If the virus calms down by August, I will be pursuing a degree in Psychology at Swarthmore College. Currently, though, I’m working on finishing my work for my classes.

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When you look back on your school years at ASMS in the future, what do you think you’ll remember most? ASMS has been a life-changer for me. I have friends scattered all over Alabama, and being apart after being together for so long is strange. I’m going to miss walking off to Starbuck’s with my friends, running through downtown Mobile, and sitting on Front Lawn. These past few years have served me well, and I have grown so much as a person.

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CONGRATS TO

AUBURN HIGH’S Class of

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Though this school year did not end as planned, it has not changed the spirit that is Auburn High School. I want to convey my admiration for the resilience of this particular group of Auburn High graduates for having faced unprecedented times, rising to the occasion, and now earning a diploma. It is always bittersweet to see yet another talented crop of graduates go out into the world to do great things, but now is the time for these young people to take the next step in their lives and make a positive impact. - Dr. Shannon Pignato AHS Principal

Photos by Robert Noles


 Brock Hughes How long have you been attending/going to this school? High school since beginning at AHS 10th to 12th - in Auburn (my) whole life.

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What activities/ groups/sports have you been involved with? Involved with baseball.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? Can’t lie, kind of happy about studying from home for the rest of the semester, virus impacted baseball season though. Kind of sad about prom and senior skip day, etc. Didn’t get the chance to do many things, been to a few other dances, but these were specifically more senior events.

Auburn High School  Will Sorrells How long have you been attending/going to this school? I’ve been attending Auburn High School for three years now, 10th all the way through 12th grade.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Try to find a college where I'm gonna end up after high school, and want to find that out early. I was able to recognize that goal. I’m going to UT at Martin for undergrad and I want to go to a law school afterwards.

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 Anna Louise Wages How long have you been attending/ going to this school? All the way through, all three years 10th thru 12th.

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What activities/groups/sports have you been involved with? Varsity basketball, vice president of student council and co-council of Auburn High Ambassadors.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Didn't really know where I wanted to go all throughout senior year, still haven’t decided yet. My goal was to find a school that best suits me and my goal of being an attorney, and preparing me for law school. Senior year was about having fun with friends… I’m not going to Auburn, so keeping those relationships that I've made throughout Auburn is important to me. They’re the best friends ever and we Facetime every day. I’m deciding on which school I’m going to in the upcoming weeks.

What is your plan moving forward? Come August, I’m packing up and moving to Martin, starting baseball and focusing on school.

When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? Probably remember the impact of the virus, be one of those things in history that kids will be learning about in the future.

What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? I’ve been done with high school since there’s a block system.. I finished in December. I’m not taking classes online, but had a lot of events planned for April/May. It’s a season of loss… I've been excited for those things since I was a freshman in high school. It was basically finding out these events were but canceled. My dad works at EAMC, and I want to do whatever possible to help lift stress from him and the COVID-19 situation. Even if that means missing senior skip day to keep everyone healthy and safe.

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What is your plan moving forward? Study politics, philosophy and economics for undergrad and then law school for grad school, work in politics.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? I’ll remember spending time with family. My siblings are my best friends and my parents are my biggest role models. I haven’t had time to spend together in years, so this quality time has been super fun and super rewarding.

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What activities/ groups/sports have you been involved with? I was involved in football all three years, along with National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. I was also in Key Club and HOSA.

Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Some of my main goals were to maintain my 4.0 GPA and score high enough on the ACT for scholarships for college. I also plan to try and become a Physical Therapist. And lastly compete and have fun during the football season.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? It was kind of a shock at first and it stung obviously that my high school career had to end like this. However, I’m adjusting pretty well and will be happy to continue my education in college.

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What is your plan moving forward? My plan is to attend UAB in the fall to become a physical therapist.

When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? I think moving forward, I will remember all the football memories during practice and the games with my teammates and friends for life. But I will also remember all the hard work I did for my grades and all the studying and effort put into that side. I will remember all the lunch table conversations and arguments over sports with my friends. Overall my high school experience because it was unforgettable and fun.

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Abbas, Hussein Hassan Abdelrahman, Mohamed Faisal Abney, Jaylon Demareon Acoff, Devin Tahjai Adams, Camille Rose Adams, Ezekiel James Adanur, Meryem Agee, Zykierrea Keyuntae Danielle Albrecht, Alexis Rose Alvarado Kevin Bryan Alvarez Evan Manuel Alvarez Jean Carlo Alvarez Montoya Juan Jair Amin, Shivam Rajesh Andrews, Jackson Walker Arington, Carson Tyler Arnall, Robert William Arrington, William Cole Babbitt, Kathryn Elizabeth Bailey, Ayden Mackenzie Bailey, Jackson Brice Baker, Zachary Taylor Barajas, Paniagua Jennifer Barnes, Rebecca Carson Barragan, Zaragoza Jesus Barron, Connor Reece Bashir, Zain Baxter, Maggie Miller Bazo, Alonso Manuel Beard, Avery Nicole Bedwell, Jarred Andrew Bell, Kathryn Dyer Benefield, William Tatum Billingslea, Gabrielle Nicole Birchfield, Megan Shay Bishop, Bailey Nicole Bishop, John Roc Black, Sarah Lillian Boles, John Blackburn Bonner, Sydney Ellen Booher, Grace Anne Bosman, Philip Francois Bowie, Samkiyah Bowman, Alleigh, Diane Bradsher, Joseph, Donovan Brady, Taylor Samuel Bramlett, Brian Branch, Anna Collins Brandebourg, Hannah Rose Breaux, Stephan Carroll Bridges, Eli Hawkins Bridges, Mary James Britnell, Sullivan Wright Brockwell, Austin Jon Brown, Alana Grace Brown, Audrey Elizabeth Brown, Katheryn Victoria

Brown, Vikter Nehemiah Brundage, Kainoa Akil Brundage, TyKeria Sharnice Brunson, JaDarius Marquez Bryant, Emanuel Ollis Bundy, Joshua Cameron Bush, Emily Michele Bush, Haley Rene’ Bush, Javion Ka Naz Cabelka, John Francis Calix, Padilla Luis Alonzo Calvert, Hoben Edward Cambridge, Kacie Alexandria Campbell, Alexandra Michelle Cannon, Isaiah Khalid Carlock, Tamari E’one Carpenter, Hardin Louise Carr, Kevon Curtis Carroll, Katelyn Elizabeth Carter, Anna Marie Casey, Maggie Ann Catalan, Mendoza Juan Jose Cauthen, Mary Louella Cha, Eric K Chadwick, Autum Leigh Chambers, Ambriah Syienne Kaprice Chambliss, Coleman Myers Chandler, Garrison Quinn Chandler, Katy Mcree Chang, Michael Chappelle, Destin Alexander Chavis, Cameron Joseph Chen, Yuki Cheng, Grace Min Childs, Arrianna Jayla Choi, Yeseul Choi, Dabin Chun, Woojin Church, Eleanor Hughes Clark, Isabella Sophia Cleveland, Campbell Zack Cleveland, Medora June Cohan, Michael Adams Cole, Livia Brenna Collins, Jaykela Shanise Cook, Kristopher Germaine Cook, BriAnna Scott Cornett, Andrew Dennis Cortes, Dominic Jacob Cowan, Semaj Aminah Cowan, William Todd Cox, Jakayla Kambriah Unique

Crew, Isabella Reid Croley, Jordyn Lynn Crumbly, Barakat Henrietta Cummings, Mason Scott Dallas, Lauren Elizabeth Daniel, Mark Hartford Davidson, Joseph Luker Davis, Doris Angel Davis, Jett Langley Dean, Orlando Harris DeBrunner, Katherine Marie Decker, Robert Clayton Dent, Emery Baxter DePriest, Cayleigh Renee Dettmering, Cole Jason DiBenedetto, Lauren Grace Diebold, Jena Marie Diggs, Aaron Elsee DiJulio ,Nicholas Paul Doamekpor, Kekeli Eugenia Doan, Paul Viet Donald, Lyston Scott Donaldson, Andrew Ellis Dowdle ,Sarah Peyton Dowdle, Thomas Walter Dubose, Haylee Brianna Duff, Connor Ryan Duin, Willem Andrew Durdin, Jackson Ford Durham ,Jonah Ryan Dyer, Kingslea Ren Early, Cole Avery East ,Catherine Crawford Eastman, KathrynAnne Pittman Eaton, Dylan Thomas Eden, Steven Vladimir Ellis, Bailey Elizabeth Emerson, Kylan Demond Epting, Anthony Maurice Estep, Jackson David Esters, Shanna Amel Exford, Jordan Micah Ezell, Curtlin Shamar Fahringer, Jacob Fain, Michael Glenn Farr, Mia Barnard Farr, Anthony Nicholas Favors, Dakota Lamar Felton, Constance Ja’nae Felton, John Arthur Fernandez, Jhon Finley, LaDazah Tyunna A-Sha Fletcher, Quinnus Dejuan Floesser, Maximilian K Flowers, Elizabeth Lynn Folmar, Richard Ross

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Folmar, Sam Davis Ford, Andrew Phillip Foster, Madeleine Elise Francis, Carolina Hayes Freeman, Emily Meagan Freeman, Olivia Lauren Friedenreich, Phillip David Fuller, Karli Faye Gaines, Trevor Charles Gaines, Jacquez Armand Galbraith, Madison Brooke Garner, Kayley Suzanne Garrett, Carson Matthew Garris, Leland Bradford Gillett, Peyton Lee Gipson, Cournesha Samia Givens, John Gifford Godinez, Kerlin Godwin, Taylor Makenzie Gordon, Zachary Paxton Gorski, Isabella Graba, Kyla Jo Graddy, Amelia Ellyn Graham, Gabriele Nicole Graham, Katherine Leigh Gray, Hunter Avery Grayson, Karley O’neil Greathouse, Destiney Alexandra Green, Davis Barrett Green, Deshaun Jaquez Green, Kyle Ybanez Green, Taylor Elizabeth Gregson, Clarissa Eve Griffin, Laura Onzelle Griffith, Shelton Elizabeth Gross, Hayden Michael Guthrie, Garrison Todd Ha, Helen Thu Hien Habtemariam, Tesfaye Atllaw Hagan, Nasir Shimeik Hairston, Jeremy Austin Halanych, Jade Marissa Hale, CuDarieus Demiere Hamby, Sarah Elizabeth Han, Eric J Hancock, Lauren Renee Hanna, Sara Nicole Hanson, Grace Mayfield Hardgrave, Gavin Grier Hardin, Isabella Foley Hardin, Savannah Hardnett, Marcus Lamar Harper, Harrison Cole Harper, Mya Jenell Harrell, Maison Elizabeth Harris, Robert Louis Harris, Jackson Ryan Harte, Alannah Grace


Hartfield, Walker Lewis Hartsock, Carter Brandt Harvey, Alexis Whitney Harvey, Shanecia Christina Harwell, Taylor Nicole Hays, Braxton Conner Hayslip, Abby Claire Hayward, Emily Heard, Jaden Malik Hefelfinger, Carter Davis Held, Michael Eugene Robert Helton, Harrison Blake Henriquez, Jullianne Liseth Herbert, Anna Isabel Hernandez, Matthew Gabriel Herrit, Clayton Palmer Herrod, Sydney Elizabeth Hill, Samuel Kyle Hinds, Nbeish Tejek Hinson, Samuel Whatley Holifield, Makesia DaBreca Hollis, Hannah Starr Holstick, Malia Ashanti Hooker, Andrew Lindsey Horne, Madison Mache Hughes, Brock Michael Hughley, Tiawana Tijia Hurst, Matthew Cade Hurst, Hannah Ruth Isik, Meryem Betul Ismail, Tawfig Ali Jackson, George Malik Jackson, Ke’Arie Quinik Jackson, Keyira De’chaune Jackson, Teddy Grace Jackson, Zatavious Antowin Jacoway, Russell Austin James, Sidney Jessica Janigan, Lauryn Aaliysa Janousek, Jackson Lee Jenkins, Elijah Cortez Jennings, India Iriel Jeon, Ilji Jeong, Sungil Ji, Janice Sooin Johns, Juliana Marie Johnson, Arheyan Aleise Johnson, Katherine Elise Jones, Dominic Stephen Jones, Edgar Oliverio Jones, Keira Nicole Jones, Kylie Lynn Jones, Marrisa Elizabeth Jordan, Elizabeth Jane Grace Joseph, Alyssiah Simone Joseph, Ashley Shemiah

Jung, Chan Jung, Minjae Justice, Caroline Abigail Kanan, Alaadien Mohammad Kang, Daeun Kantor, Caleb Andrew Karanam, Shrimayi Kee, Darien James Kelley, BriAsia Zhina Kelly, Luke Michael Key, A’Lora Ava Key, Micah Robert Khan, Huzaifa Mohammad Kim, Daniel J Kim, Haley Hedan Kim, Jaeyoung Kim, Jinseo Kim, Joanne J Kim, Kelly Kim, Min Ju Kim, Nathan J Kim, Seokhoon Kim, Siwon Kim, So Jung Kim, Su Jeong Kirby, Jeffrey Brian Kisor, William Steven Knorr, Landon James Kochek, Toni Nicole Krahm, Grace Noelle Lambert, Caroline Elizabeth Land, Cullen Michael Landers, Nathan Andrew Lane, Abbey Kristian Langford, Elizabeth Claire Langston, Grace White Latham, Brooke Danielle Le, Vincent W Leckey, Blake Alexander Lee, Daisy Makayla Lee, Juhwa Lee, Kyeongmin Lemay, Chloe Noelle Linarez, Ana Karina Lincoln, Darius Issac Lindsey, Michael Todd Lipscomb, Samuel Charles Lockhart, CuDarieus Antoine Lockhart, Takira Nisha Long, Anna Payton Long, Joshua Mark Longino, Braxton Alexander Lopez, Evelin Dariana Lyles, Endia Ni Asia Lyons, Erin Mackiewicz, James Allan

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Auburn High School Enrique Mahone, TyQwasia Nashai Malone, Alicia T Maloy, De’Ajuha Nikole Mao, Eric Markle, Elise Adine Markle, Stephen Charles Marsee, Ryan Andrew Marshall, Hawley Dawn Martin, Danielle Lajayla Martinez, Edgar Guerrero Martinez, Miguel Luis Mashburn, Trevor William Mason, Aaliyah Symone Matthews, Saquoia Elaine Maye, Travion Ivan McAlister, Gabriel James McCauley, Joseph Patrick McClintock, Brian Austin McCormack, Timothy James McCormick, Dacey Kaleeha McCormick, Hannah Brynne McCoy, Mallory Kate McCurtis, Ty’annia Michelle McDaniel, Mary Katherine McGough, Nolekia Jayla McGowan, Harper Lynne McLean, Lance Charlton McNeely, Brennan Cole Meadows, Morgan Deangela Zamora K Meadows, Robert Dempsey Meadows, William Maynor Medina, Olivia Yvonne Meinert, Natalie Diane Menchion, Kaelen Daniel Ramon Merchant, Ayan A Merritt, Margaret Lovridge Mesman, Leah Brandel Middleton, Sarah Ashley Miller, Paige Ann Min, Geonhong Mitchell, Garrison Spenser Mitchell, Gracen Elizabeth

Mitchell, Zaniyia Brene Mixon, Amirrika Lazai Moon, Jazzlyn Ciara Moore, Anna Grace Moore, Kambriya Lashawn Moore, Sarah Josefa Moos, Jacob John Morris, Hannah Marie Mounsithirat, Dina Mount, Kennith Ellis Myers, Joseph Paul Naeem, Sajjad Nam, Donghyun Nance, Addison Shae Napper, Chloe Mackenzie Nelson, Kathryn Grace Nesmith, Blake Austin Nettles, Alysa Shea Newman, Mason Lee Nguyen, Fillip Nichols, Cody Benjamin Niswender, Hunter Grace Norton, Camille Alane O’Donnell, Gabrielle Eladia O’Rear, Jack Marley Odle, Benjamin Isaac Ojeda-Miron, Leticia Oliphant, Connor David Oliver, Anada Brashae Oliver, Zion Imani Owsley, Jacob Lawson Parish, Anna Elyse Park, Joohyun Park, Suh-Yeon Parker, Bentley Estelle Parker, Caden Michael Parnell, Sarah Kate Patel, Shyam Jayesh Patrick, Makayla Katia Patterson, Clayton Mccarthy Paz, Matias Leopoldo Pearson, Diamond Renee Pearson, Dylan Matthew Peeples, Claudia Lian Pegues, Alexis Mccall

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Auburn High School Phillpott, Mackenzie Paige Pierce, Brianna Semone Pike, Christina M Pike, Macollough R Pitts, Adeja Shanice Pitts, John Avery Pitts, Jyanua Charvielle Plan, Avery Elizabeth Pledger, Brittany Auburn Pollard, Laney Elise Popwell, Conner Davin Porter, Omari Labrandon Porterfield, Leanne Elizabeth Prater, Cooper Norris Presley, Leanne Elizabeth Price, Aili Amelia Pridgeon, Cady Jingjing Prince, Tyler Daniel Pritchett, Chase Andrew Prowell, Benjamin Thomas Rabren, Colson Daniel Rafferty, Graham Hollander Railey, Tyler Elizabeth Randolph, Laderica Shondell Rankin, Carson Webb Reaves, Sinjin Cade Reitz, Jake Stanley Rhodes, Jessie Kaden Rice, William Jemison Richardson, Markia Janay Rickerson, Kincaid Curtis Ridgeway, Marcus Emmanuel Rife, Madison Riggins, Spencer Allen Riggs, Blake Moseley Roach, Thomas Martin Roberts, Emeri Nichole Robinson, Emily Livingston Robinson, JaNya Partice Robinson, Kobe Robinson, Rachel Linjiarui Rodgers, Matthew Grayson

Rogers, Brianna Sherie Rogers, John Wesley Rogers, Samantha Laurel Roh, Sangwook Johnny Rohling, John Daniel Roppel, Sara Ann Rowe, William Scott Rush, JaCinta Atalaya Russell, Reagan Salatto, Slade Patrick Salazar, Carlos A Sanchez, Cristoval Eliazar Sayegh, Deena Ayman Scales, Sara Rachel Schad, Alexis Ray Schutt, Karston Elizabeth Sealy, Kyle Ayden Seele, Abigail Ann Segrest, William Brett Shay, Eitan Shealey, Austin Lee Shepherd, Charles Emanual Sherrill, Colin Riley Shiflett, Susan Chappell Shin, Hyeongyu Shipman, Catherine Rose Shirley, Alyssa Nicole Shock, Liberty Grace Shore, Frances Margaret Shumate, Abigail Grace Shumock-Bailey, AnandaLe Simmons, Deasia Eunece Simmons, Tyasia Antranette Simmons, Zoe Marie Simpson, Diana Claire Simpson, Jacob Floyd Sinclair, Jalyn Denise Sirico, Caroline Nicole Smidt, Henry Philip Smith, Katelyn Victoria Smith, LaShunti Vontease Smith, Abb Jackson Smith, Avery Elise Smith, Jayla Lashae Smith, Kaitlyn Ashley

Smith, TaNisity J Smith, Willie James Smith, Zachary Taylor Son, Chaemin Sorrells, William Riley Sorter, Camden Neal Spates, Levi James Spencer, Kayla Ann Sridhar, Nikitha Srivastava, Sejal Stackhouse, Elyza Amilia Esther Stallworth, Jalyn Kiara Steiner, Thomas Camp Stevens, John Finnegan Stewart, Anna Claire Stewart, Hallie Virginia Stewart, Joseph Gordon Stoll, Samuel Lester Strength, Brian Paul Strickland, Marinah Deshay Stringer, Gregory Anthony Strong, Destiny Melena Summerfield, Sabrina Maire Sun,Yu Chien Sutterer, Kylie Faith Sutton, Victor Matthew Swanson, Lydia Claire Talha, Tasfin Tanaka, Tyler Tadahito Tarbert, Jerlicia Akhyra Tate, Matthew Justin Taylor, Robert onathan Thomas, Dantavious Laquan Thomas, Parker Callaway Thomason, Jay Andrew Thompson, Jacob Paul Thompson, Georgia Lillium Thornton, Victoria Grayson Thornton, Matthew Roderick Tice, Cameron Walker Tillis, Elizabeth Raye Tillis, Emma Reid Tillman, Chase Campbell Toland, Alicen Grace Tolbert, Miles Anthony Torres, Stephen Justin Towery, Jessica Nicole Townsend, Jamya Amarionia Treese, Katie Margaret Trimble. Jaccarrious Markel Tschannen, Alexis Gabrielle

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Tuck, Colton James Valderrama, Jaime Alyssa Van Der Reijden, Olivia Arine Angeliki Vazquez, Alondra Guadalupe Verner, Hayden Dale Von, Gal Suzanna Wyn Voyles, Jacob Allen Wages, Anna Louise Waldrup, Howell Mills Walker, Justin Clark Walker, LaKyhia Alexandria Wallace, Mary Allyson Wang, Eric Min Ward, Arin Marie Ware, Dakaiya Ruth Watkins, Joshua Ryan Weaver, Breanna Jane Wesche, Daniel Whalen, Elijah Cole White, Hayden Murphy Wicks, Alyvia Grace Williams, Ariyana Simone Williams, Jartavious Anthony Williams, Caleb Duane Williams, Deborah Margaret Williams, Gavin Uriah Williams, Katie Elizabeth Williams, Kennis Damarius Tyquan Willis, Olivia Grace Willisford, Kylie Ann Wilson Jakiya Vantresha Wilson, Benjamin Robert Woo, Daegyu Woodall, Catherine Elizabeth Woods, Cole Riley Wright, Angelic Patricia Nikkol Wright, Jamarian Vontay Wu, Christine Wurtz, Joshua Scott Yae, Sungho Yang, Jieun York, Lucas James Yost, Wyatt Michael Young, William Paul Yun, Ga Eun Zebal, Onive Zhou, Michael Ian


Letter from the Mayor

Dear Class of 2020, On behalf of the entire City of Auburn, I want to congratulate you on the tremendous achievement you’ve made by graduating high school. Here at the City of Auburn, we believe in the impact you will have on our community and world. So, over the years we’ve made tremendous investments in your education, helping make sure you’ve had the resources you’ve needed to go far. While the end of this semester was not what you or any of us wished, we want to congratulate you on staying the course. You adapted to changing circumstances and stayed strong to finish your high school career. As you embark on the next chapter in your life, be sure

to take with you all the things you’ve learned during your time in our community. From the power of knowledge that your educators have instilled in you to the character and skills you’ve garnered outside the classroom, carry each lesson with you and continue to build on that solid foundation. Never stop learning, but

remember to stop, reflect and cherish where you came from. Some of you may be heading off to college or to start a career, and others may be beginning this next chapter right here at one of our community’s fine institutions. Either way, we hope that you take with you fond memories of a community that supports you fully and believes you have what it takes to excel.

 Isaac Clark How long have you been attendinggoing to this school? I have been attending Auburn High School since the brand new school opened in 2017.

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What activities/groups/sports have you been involved with? I was involved primarily in E.D.U.C.A.T.E. As a queer trans man, having a supportive community at the school was really nice.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? To be honest , going into my senior year I didn’t have any goals. I was extremely depressed and suicidal, I had no goals for the school year let alone graduating. Before the virus hit the states, I had plans to graduate. Walk with cap and gown, the whole thing and get my core classes done at Southern Union. All in all...no. I

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Aristotle once said “the roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” I hope you look back on your pursuits in high school here in Lee County as a sweet success. Congratulations to each and every one of you, and I wish you the best, Class of 2020. Sincerely, Ron Anders, Jr. City of Auburn Mayor

definitely wouldn’t say I was able to realize my goals before the virus hit.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? I had none! I had my senior year online so it was no issue. The only difference for me was my twice-weekly in person work being stopped.

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What is your plan moving forward? My plan is to go with the flow. With everything going on right now, having a set plan just gets tossed whenever you look at or listen to the news.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? Gosh... most likely how stressful it was. The panic, grocery stores being cleared out, masks being a household essential like having toilet paper. Not to mention the memes too! Most likely about the toilet paper chaos.

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Graduating Class of 2020 LaDerek KeVon Alexander Jerray Morrell Arnold Jessica Tye Ashworth Cory LaGrand Askew, Jr. Jared David Bailey Zebediah Ethan Baird Keyara Monet Baker William Keith Beckwith Mercedes Alexis Nicole Bess Blake Scott Blackmon Cason Kyle Blackmon Dylan Taylor Blackmon Hunter Stephen Blanton Noah Shane Blanton Hunter Robert Allen Boudreaux Johnathan Dedrick Maxwell Brackett Alexa RaLee Broach Alayna Diamond Brown

Sarah Elizabeth Brown Tamarrah DeAngela Bryant Bryan Alexander Burgess Tanner Belyeu Campbell Kenneth Fletcher Capps Conner Lane Carr Austin Kyle Cash Melody Nicole Chadwick Sarah Anne Chambers Kimberlee Leann Chandler Robert Levi Cobb Alexius Jordan Coe Aryn Lynn Cole Matthew Tyler Coleman Sara Mae Crisp Bethan Shannon Culpepper Erica Lee Cutts Kimberly Nicole Davis Annabel Luellen Dawson

Cheyenne Patricia Dean Ruth Diego Mateo Neomi Jordan Kyle Dreyer Jasmine Shawntice Maria Echols Jessica Iona Edwards Mackenzie Ryan Farr Robert Eugene Fagan, Jr. Justin Michael Ficarra Logan Clifford Fisher Peyton Garrett Folds Johnny Shelton Frazier Jacob Nicholas Furmanek Chance Phillip Jeramiah Gilliard Zachary Liston Gilliland Charles Worth Gilmer Daisy Alice Gilmer Hamilton Noah Gooden Jaion Corinthian Rennee Goodson

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Shykayla Kalavian Griffin Skylar Rae Grigsby Andrew Dylan Haga Kearsten Elizabeth Hammock Destiny Renea Harrell Madison Grace Hawkins Reese Dixon Henderson Trinity Gabriella Henderson Minh Ngoc Bao Hoang Christina Lynn Hollis Alexandria Nyteria Holloway Re'Quan La'Mar Hooks Mallory Kate Hudson TaNiah Jabriel Jelks Damien Malik Jones Kayla Rae Keaton Cody Wayne Knight Constance Selene Lawler


Nicholas DeSean Levett Kentavious Montaye Ligon Andrea Terrell Marshall, Jr. Byron JaColby Mason Jadon Brooks Massey Ambriah Nichole Mccurdy Kendric Waid McIntire Kristin Nichole McNair Makayla Elizabeth Medina Anet Ximena Mendoza-Moreno Dustin Kaleb Miles Brittney Nicole Morgan James Michael Morgan Ashton Reed Moss AJ Michael Neff Richard Elisha Nelson Jacob Bass Ninas Mia Saaquya Norris Kamdyn Sage Overby Brailey Nicole Parham Naomi Dawn Peoples Joseph Eugene Perrella Deja Marie Pettis Jacob Wayne Pierce

Joshua Nathaniel Piett Jonathon Robert Pitchford Dennis Peyton Porterfield Raymond Colton Pratt Alicea Michelle Rainwater Angela Paola Rivera Gomez Justin Lee Roberts Amber Danielle Ross Alexandria McCall Sealey Caleb Sage Sellers Steven Clifford Senechek Katherine Hope Senn Christopher Sean Squiers Kayla Na'Kai Stephens Christopher Lee Stone Emalee Alexis Stringfellow Noah Ryan Tadlock Brianna Lynn Tally Andrew Logan Tate Joel Jacob Tatum Ciara Nicole Thomas Austin Jacob Tolson Tyler Javon Torbert Katelynn Faith Trivett Orlando Miguel Vazquez

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Mollie Delia Walker Taylor Dakota Cheyenne Ward Anna Noelle Watson Arthur Terrell Watson, III Kaitlyn-Grace Joy Weldon Steven Payton Whatley Amanda Shaquanda Williams

Austin Edwin Williams Jaleel Markell Williams Jamelah Rakhia Williams Natalie Alexandra Williams Kaitlyn Renae Woodall Jason Lee Woods

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Beauregard High School Alexandria Holloway

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How long have you been attending/going to Beauregard? I’ve been at Beauregard ever since Kindergarten.

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What activities/groups/sports have you been involved with? I played basketball and I ran track but I no longer do those. I stopped playing sports this year.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? To maintain my GPA and keep that up. I was trying to participate in as much stuff

Trey Watson

as I could, like senior activities and stuff. I was trying to hang out with my classmates more. I ended up winning homecoming queen. The last few weeks of high school is when you really gotta figure stuff out, and we’re not getting to be around our teachers or our classmates to help us with that. As far as college plans, scheduling college visits and all that. Finding scholarships to apply for… it’s hard when you’re not able to talk to your teachers for real. They text us through Remind to keep us updated, but we can’t really just have a one-onone conversation with them. Working online is stressful because it’s better to have one-on-one with teachers in the classroom.

What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? I was on the football team, baseball team, math team, in National honor society and Mu Alpha Theta.

self? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? My main goal was to get more out of my shell and to get to know people I didn't, that one worked. Another was to get a baseball scholarship, and now I'm going to Bishop State Community College on one. I wanted to win the area championship in baseball again and we sadly couldn't finish the season.

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How long have you been attending/going to this school? This would have been my third year at Beauregard.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from

It’s just on a computer screen. I had an online class and that didn’t go too good for me, I actually had to take a class at Southern Union. I’m better hands-on than with computers.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? At first, the last week we were in school, we thought that it wasn’t really going to happen - everybody always talks about things, people overhype things, so we were just joking around, like ‘school might be out,’ we were getting happy and stuff. Then it actually happened, and we didn’t think it was going to happen like that. I didn’t know that was going to be my last day of high school. We didn’t get to enjoy our last week of high school, didn’t get to do a senior prank or anything like that.

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What is your plan moving forward? Trying to finish up through high school and see how everything goes after graduation, and hopefully keep on getting my plans ready for college and stuff. Just decide on that and get

stuff ready for that. When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? Well, for Beauregard, our high school, ever since freshman year… freshman year we had the killer clown threats and the bomb threats. Beauregard has been on lockdown, as you’ve seen on the news, a bunch of times. The tornado happened last year… the seniors have been through a lot since our freshman year, so I feel like we’ve missed out on a lot of school because of all that. It’s been tough for real. We really just have to all keep our heads up; we still have college to look forward to, we’re still gonna go out there and meet new people, it’s just… even though we didn’t get to enjoy the last days of high school, we can still, after all this hopefully blows over, we can get together and make some last memories with each other. Everybody just needs to keep their head up. There’s better days in the long run.

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home the rest of the semester? I was confused as to how we will do it at first, but now it's just knowing I have to put my head down and work harder to focus.

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What is your plan moving forward? I'm going to Bishop State Community College to play baseball and study in math and secondary education so I can teach and coach.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most?

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I think it will be to never take anything for granted. It could be gone the next day, so you have to enjoy the moment you're in and treat it like it will be gone in seconds.


Dear Beauregard High School Class of 2020,

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ne of the writing assignments that I used to give students in my history classes was to list historical events that occurred during their lifetimes. In my 46 years, I have witnessed some significant events, some which stand out more for personal reasons than historical ones. My senior class, the Class of 1991, thought that we had experienced an eventful two years with the fall of the Berlin Wall and Operation Desert Storm. With the exception of the classes in the 1940s, however, I am not sure that any other class in the history of our school has witnessed anything like what your young lives have experienced. You were born into the world of September 11, 2001; you have experienced a war on terror, an economic recession, and the demolition and rebuilding of our high school; you have lived the tragedy of March 3; and, now, a world pandemic, the likes of which none of us have seen. Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw christened the generation of

Americans who were born in the first few decades of the 20th century as the greatest generation. They experienced a global pandemic of their own in 1918-1919 and the hardship of two world wars, but that same generation also firmly established our country’s economic and political prowess. Maybe years from now, when the history of your generation is written, it will be a story akin to that of the greatest generation – one of Americans who overcame numerous hardships and tragedies to positively change the course of U.S. history. I hope that is the case, because selfishly, someone has to take care of my generation! We’re not getting any younger, you know! Please know that we have not forgotten you. We miss you! We are proud of your accomplishments, and we look forward to celebrating with you in the coming months and years. We hope and pray for your health and safety as well as that of your family. Sincerely, Richard L. Brown, Jr.

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he Beulah High School Class of 2020 is comprised of a group of resilient young people who have seen firsthand the challenges and hurdles that life can present. No matter the circumstance, this fearless and innovative group of students will soar to new heights and achieve greatness. I am proud to have served as their principal. Congratulations!!! - Love, Dr. P


Beauregard Beulah High School my school's clubs. I have been a part of the Student Council, Beta Club, Health Occupations Students of America, Spanish Club, FCA, Chemistry Club, Prom Committee, the yearbook staff and I am also the secretary of my senior class. I have always found it very important to be involved in your school and community. Erin McKernie

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How long have you been attending/going to Beulah? I have attended Beulah since kindergarten.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? I played recreational soccer for five years and I played tennis for two years in junior high. Ever since seventh grade, I have been very involved in

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? My parents have always held very high standards for me, especially when it came to my grades in school. I was awarded when my grades were where they should be, and disciplined when they weren’t as high as my parents thought that they could be. I have always held

myself to these standards because I know that if I am doing the best that I can, I will be able to achieve a lot of great things in my life. With that being said, I started my senior year back in August with the goal of staying heavily involved in school activities while also maintaining all A’s throughout the year. Achieving this goal would allow me to maintain my high GPA and graduate in the top ten percent of my class. Before school was canceled, I was right on track to graduate in the top 10 of my class, I had held A’s in all of my classes, including the advanced placement ones.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? Your senior year and gradu-

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ation is something you look forward to your whole life, and when I heard the news that my senior year was being cut short and there was a chance I would not even be able to have a graduation, I was heartbroken. I left school that last Friday thinking that I would be back at Beulah High on that following Monday with all of my friends and favorite teachers. Thinking about not being able to say those final goodbyes, not being able to live out that last day of high school, or even walking those halls one last time brings me to tears. There were so many things that I looked forward to my senior year such as getting to walk through the halls of my elementary school in my


cap and gown while all of the teachers that helped me and my classmates get to the places that we are today cheered us on, getting to attend my last awards day where my classmates and I would be recognized for the scholarships that we earned and given the cords that we had worked so hard for, and even the simple things like getting your last yearbook and letting all the people that have been by your side throughout all these years of school sign it. Having all these things taken away hurts more than I can even describe. There were so many more memories that were to be made that we seniors will not get the chance to live out. However, the memories that my class and I were able to make in the time that we were given at Beulah High will never

be forgotten and forever cherished.

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What is your plan moving forward? Even though I am saddened by the events that have taken place, I will not be able to reach my goals if I dwell in the past. With that being said, I plan on accomplishing the goals that I set for myself from the beginning of the year and finishing my senior year strong. After I have completed my senior year, I plan on moving to Mobile this fall where I will attend The University of South Alabama and major in exercise science. After earning my bachelor’s degree, I will then move on to physical therapy school and earn my Ph. D, in hopes to one day open my own clinic.

Band. I also was apart of Beta Club, and Spanish Club where I hold the title of president. My senior year, I was able to join Student Council where I was a student representative for my class and was able to help my community.

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How long have you been attending/going to Beulah? I started a month into third grade, nine years total.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? I was a majorette for the Pride of Beulah Marching

Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? My main goal for my senior year was to figure out where I wanted to attend college. Luckily, I’m blessed enough to say I was able to make that decision before high school changed.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? I feel as though in the future when I am reminiscing on my time at Beulah High, I will always be able to remember the memories that I made with my announcement group in my multimedia class. There were some days where we did not feel like making content or where we were frustrated with Coach Butz because he always held us to such a high standard, but those days were outweighed by all the good times and laughs that we had in that class. I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of the Bobcat Broadcast and I will always thank my group and our amazing teacher for such great memories.

home the rest of the semester? I was shocked. Although some days I dreaded going to school, it’s been in my daily routines for years, and having it suddenly stop was definitely something strange to get used to.

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What is your plan moving forward? In the fall, I will be moving to California to attend John Paul Catholic University for a degree in business advertising and management. #C/O2023!

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When you look back on your school years at Beulah in the future, what do you think you’ll remember most? The main thing I will remember is being apart of the band, and marching down the hill to a Friday night home football game. I’m definitely going to miss that the most.

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Gray Hartzog

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How long have you been attending/going to this school? Three years. What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? Future Farmers of America.

Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? My goal was to graduate with good grades.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? Sad, because I miss my friends and teachers.

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What is your plan moving forward? To start my career working at Kia Motors and eventually making my way up to the top just like my dad.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? All the good times with my friends.

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Beauregard Beulah High School Kira Morgan How long have you been attending/going to Beulah? I’ve been at beulah for eight years since fourth grade.

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What activities/ groups/sports have you been involved with? I’ve been a cheerleader at Beulah for five years and in Beta Club and Student Council all throughout high school.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught

Camryn Harris How long have you been attending/going to Beulah? I’ve been at Beulah since kindergarten.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? I played volleyball, softball, I was in the Beta Club, Prom Committee, Student Council and I’m HOSA President.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Going into this school year, I was most excited about my internship which began in January 2020 at Dr. Atchley’s dentist office in Phenix City. My main

remotely? Going into senior year, I was very determined to make it that best year possible and I was shooting for valedictorian or salutatorian. I changed my career goals a few times throughout my junior year, but since then, I’ve been pretty set on pursuing a degree in elementary education. I recently committed to accept scholarships and admission to Auburn University at Montgomery. Thankfully I was able to realize these things before the virus hit, because I can’t imagine how stressful that would be right now. goal was to learn more about the career I’m planning to go into and the experience it gave me was amazing. Everything was hands on, I learned to take X-rays, suctioning, proper sterilization of instruments. I’m sad it had to end so soon. Through the internship program I did realize that I had chosen the right career path and I couldn’t wait to start!

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? At first I didn’t believe it, I was thinking it would never come to this and I had no idea of the severity of this virus, but once it finally registered that I wasn’t going to finish the rest of my senior year with my friends, I was devastated. I would much rather be in a classroom than

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? The first thing I did when I found out that we wouldn’t be returning to campus was text my friends because I was very upset. It really hit me hard because going into your senior year, everyone tells you not to wish it away and to savor every moment you have because it flies by and this kind of took the last moments of senior year away. I was very overwhelmed by my emotions because I went to school for the very last time and didn’t know it. The last day I went was the day before prom, so a couple of friends and I took a half day. I didn’t get to see all my teachers or all my classmates that day, and thinking back it just kind of sucks that it was my last day. It would have been so different if I had known.

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What is your plan moving forward? Moving forward, once the virus has calmed down, I hope to be able to still get to say

learning through a computer.

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What is your plan moving forward? My plan moving forward is to just try to continue as I would have before the virus hit, get my diploma and start college. Everything happens for a reason and I believe something good will come out of this for the class of 2020.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? Looking back, I’ll mostly remember sports and being on a team. Being on a team is

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goodbye to all my teachers and classmates and I hope to get those final moments and the ceremony we were all hoping for as seniors. This has taught me to not take anything for granted, even in frustration, because I never would have thought i would be wishing to go back to school. I am, however, excited for the future and getting to do all the college freshman things like dorm decorating and shopping and getting a fresh start.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? When I look back on Beulah, I think the thing I will remember most is the people. Living in such a small community, it’s very easy to get attached to people and form relationships with them, and I think a lot of people in Beulah are closer than they think. I have become very close with many teachers, underclassmen, classmates and members of our community whom I know I’ll miss so much when I go off to college.

more than just participating in something. It creates a bond like no other, it’s almost like a second family who you can depend on and know that they will have your back. It’s very uplifting when you’re sharing a sport that you love with the people you grow to love. I’ll also remember all of our success such as volleyball, we were area champs, holding the best record Beulah’s volleyball team has seen in over 10 years, and I made the Class 3A Area 6 All Tournament Team. We had a great season to say the least.


Graduating Class of 2020 Aaron, Malayna Brooklyn Allen, Lilia Tyjana Bledsoe, Kimberly Madyson Bozeman, Logan Christopher Bradshaw, Ashley Anne Elizabeth Bryant, Madison Nacole Buffington, Jaden Seth Carroll, Greenly Marie Clack, Thomas Ryan Coker, Bradley Ray Coleman, Dylan Kain Cotney, Madison Miranda Coxwell, Andruw Braydon Crenshaw, Hayley Alexus Crowder, Faith Lynn Cruz, Naylin Jayed Davidson, Johnathan Lee Davis, Lorene Gracen Dunson, Emileigh Blaise

Dennis, Devin Dakota East, Camrin Michael Evans, Tyler Clayton Floyd, Logan Alexander Franks, Trevor Chance Friedman, Joshua Luke Frye, Alexus Diamond Gray, Destiny Leann Gunn, Kacie Lynn Hardy, X Zavian Vantrell Harris, Camryn Alea Harris, Tiffany Leigh Hartzog, Watson Gray Heath, Cierra Alexis Hines, Nicolas Henry Johnson, Garret Lyam Johnson, Jaquavion Remarcus Johnson, Toni Linda Jones, Dashawn Brodric Knight, Sydney Marie

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Latham, Christopher Kain Lynch, Chandler Davis Mapp, Trevor Oneal Mccullough, Janiya Markera Mckemie, Erin Elizabeth Mcwhorter, Jasmyn Victoria Meadows, Krisalyn Dawn Mitchell, Shardasia Jynik Moore, Okhari Eshawn Morgan, Kira Rylee Newby, Jennakay Madison Nix, Alaina Leigh Paige, Taiesha Monay Person, Chris Anthony Portis, Carrington Machiah Ransom, Anthony Paul Richey, Colby Thomas Roughton, Abby Gail Sims, Abigayle Thorne Smith, Brooklynne Grace

Smith, Hailey Marie Smith, Hannah Clair Spraggins, Karen Auburn Elizabeth Sprinkle, Halie Rikay Stitcher, Brendan Colt Sykes, William Wayne Taylor, Bailey Eugene Towles, Cratesha Latrice Truitt, Dylan Wayne Warrens, Johan Khristopher Watson, Loyd Edward Logan Webb, Latwan Andrew Welcher, Matthew Sloan Whatley, Brianna Ashunti Williams, Danielle Lee Wood, Lauren Ashley

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t has been my pleasure to serve the Class of 2020 for the past seven years. Glenwood School is a better place for having these students, and the world is getting a great group of young adults. Good Luck Class of 2020! - Frankie Mitchum


Glenwood School John Anderson Scott Anderson MakinleyArcuri Neely Austin Allandis Boyd Evan Brown Bailey Carmean Carter Copeland Trevor Crisco Luke Davidson

Joseph Druash Chloe Enfinger Hayden Evans Karsyn Floyd Breanna Foder Ryan Fowler Kinsley Fulghum Brandon Fulone Emma Groce Hannah Hall

Kaitlin Hartley Wellsley Henderon Howard Hunter Mason Hurd Minjoo Kim Angel Kite Cole Koon Kody Krebs Justin Jackson Taylor Johnson Will Johnson Emily Lowery Taylor McCrary Jake Melton Daryl Monn Cade Morris Bryce Newman

Jennifer Ortiz Skyler Palumbo Anna Perdue Rhett Parker Lacie Pelt Hunter Reeves Ben Ryals Noah Shelton Georgia-Lee Smith Will Smith Cameron Stamps Kathryn Suarez James Tate Adam Torres Elijah Walker Marco West-Sanchez Jordyn Wheeler

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School of Interior Design at Auburn University. It has been a dream of mine since a very young age and I’m proud to say it’s now a reality.

What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? I would be amiss to say I was not elated to find out I would no longer have to walk the cinderblock and candy orange lined hallways. Being able to work at home has been a blessing both mentally and physically for my health and well-being.

Carter Copeland

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How long have you been attending/going to Glenwood School? I have been a student at Glenwood all together now for 15 years. I am what they call a “lifer.”

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? There have been so many, so I’ll highlight those I feel most important and have impacted me personally. Foremost, band has been the most instrumental part of creating who I am today. There are many schematics I could go into but music and all of its quirks gives you a different outlook on the world and humanity as

a whole. There are many other things I participated in at Glenwood but band is the only activity that truly impacted me.

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What is your plan moving forward? I plan to attend the

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career, etc.? Were you able to realize some of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? My utmost goal was to get into my dream college (Auburn University) and finding all of the financial help I could to make the burden lighter on my family. Another very important goal was to just stay under the radar so graduation day could come sooner and easier.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? The moments that made me the person I am today. Those were usually the harder moments. But those are the same moments that have made me a stronger person and willing to work hard to get to bigger and better places.


wood for nine years. I was there in K3, K4, sixth thru 12th grade. I was voted Miss Glenwood and that meant the world to me.

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How long have you been attending/going to Glenwood? I have been going to Glen-

What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? I am an All-star and All-American Varsity cheerleader. I also play soccer. I am the President of the class, President of our SGA, Vice-President of Beta club, Secretary of our Robotics club, a member of National Honor Society, a member of National Art Honor Society and a member of the Chick-fil-a leadership Academy.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.

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Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Going into senior year, all I knew was I wanted to make the most of the year while I could because I knew this was the last year to spend all day, every day with my best friends. Also, all I knew was I wanted to be accepted to Auburn University. Before the virus, I got accepted to Auburn University which was my dream, and I got to spend a lot of time with my best friends.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? When I found out we were going to have to be learning

remotely, I was devastated. Glenwood is a second home and it is where I get to come in, learn and have fun with my friends and teachers every single day.

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What is your plan moving forward? My plan moving forward is to study hard and work from home until all of this is over.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? Looking back on my years at Glenwood, there will be nothing but love. I will forever remember all the good times and good memories made. A piece of my heart will always belong to Glenwood.

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elieve in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. Congratulations Class of 2020! - Dr. Stan Cox

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Lee-Scott Academy Franklin Jackson How long have you been attending/going to this school? I transferred to Lee Scott from Auburn High halfway through Junior Year, so a year and a half.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? Baseball, playing football until I tore my ACL… I never

Heath Horn How long have you been attending/going to this school? I’ve been attending Lee-Scott Academy since I was in Pre-K; So close to 14 years.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? Junior High/High School: Spanish Club, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), Junior National Honor Society, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Technology Team, Cross Country, and Soccer, Band. Host at Irish Bread Pub in Opelika. Elementary/Lower School: Basketball, Football, Cross Country and choir.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Some of the goals I was holding myself accountable for were deciding where I wanted to go to school, doing

enough research about my desired career path to make sure it’s really something that I want to do, and making sure I spent every moment I could with classmates to make as many memories with them as I could. I was able to realize my goal of deciding where to attend college. After increasing my ACT score by four points in the Fall, I received a good scholarship from AUM, so that is where I plan to attend college. I am still able to research my desired career at home to make sure that it’s what I really want to do, but I’m almost certain that Computer Science is what I want to study. As for making as many memories with classmates as I could: the virus did cut it short, but I still believe that I made the most out of the time I was given.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? Finding out that I had to study at home for the remainder of the semester didn’t actually affect my emotions.

got to play a game, tore it over the summer. In my free time, I enjoy playing guitar and going fishing.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Baseball is a big thing (for me), I wanted to compete in a state championship. Academically, I was able to realize the goals I had set for myself.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester?

First, I was down because of baseball, but... God is in control and he has a plan for everything, so no need to worry about anything and he’s got it under control.

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What is your plan moving forward? I plan on going to Auburn University and studying pre-med.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? I will remember spending more time with family. My senior year was really busy, so now there’s nothing to do besides hang with family.

What is affecting my emotions is quarantining and the fact that I no longer have the opportunity to see the familiar faces that I’m used to seeing on a daily basis. Being able to see the people that I grew up with and have been around for the last 14 years of my life in person ended earlier than expected, and I wish I would’ve done more with them throughout my senior year.

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What is your plan moving forward? My plan moving forward is to keep my head in the books and constantly give myself around-the-house tasks in order to stay distracted for the time being. I’m cutting out all of the fluff people are posting on social media about the current situation, but still paying attention to what’s important.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? When I look back on this, I think I’ll remember how it set

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our graduating class aside from others and made us different. I’ve had an innumerable amount of people reaching out to me and other classmates reassuring us that we are not forgotten. This is something the Class of 2020 is definitely going to have to push through, but once it’s all said and done, I think it will definitely make us stronger. Some of us might be struggling with seeing a bright side to this, but in order to know what happiness really feels like, you have to experience sadness first.


Graduating Class of 2020 Eli Arwood Grace Bush Jeremy Carson Gigi Casadaban Matthew Chappell Taylor Cochran Camille Daugherty Emma Claire Davis Ethan Donald Matt Dorough Graham Ennis Carson Granberry Matt Greer Haley Harper

Cayne Hawkins Dima Hawkins James Hilliard Heath Horn Mary Margaret Huff Carla Ingram Mark Ingram Franklin Jackson Garrett Keller Riley Ketchum Sam Kinsaul Mary Kathryn Lamb Joseph Lee Hagan Marlin

Maddie McClendon TannerO'Grady Krish Patel Cordin Pogue Mary Mykal Prewett Mailon Reese Shaylen Robinson Tori Sanderson Alli Scott Caleb Shepherd Dalton Smith Mary Baxley Smith Chelsea Stroud Kameron Surrett

Jack Terry Tyeson Thee Reed Wagoner Andrew Waldrip Anna Laura Ward Makenzie Welch Thomas Whatley Britton Whatley Laurel Whittington Raleigh Williams Elise Wooten Olivia Zellner

I was excited since that’s what works best for me. I can complete basically all my as-

signments in two days then complete one or two during the week while I fish.

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Hagan Marlin How long have you been attending/going to this school? 14 years.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? Fishing, cross country, track.

Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Win AOY (Angler of the Year), Qualify for the high school National Championship, catch 200 pounds in a season, win a tournament, and win big fish in a tournament. I was able to accomplish four of these goals before school was taught remotely and right now I’m still trying to accomplish my last goal which is to catch 200 pounds in a season. I’m already halfway there but it is a lot harder now since I’m fishing against adults.

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What is your plan moving forward? Just to keep doing the school work and fish whenever I can.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? Winning AOY for Wiregrass.

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ongratulations on another awesome year. You increased your school report card score to an 81B average. This is a great accomplishment. Salute to your hard work and dedication to Loachapoka High School. To my seniors that will be graduating and moving on to the real world, I wish you the best. Please know that your teachers have prepared you to be the best that you can be. “All it takes is all you got.� You all have put in tremendous work this year and I am proud to be your principal. Go Indians! - Albert Weeder Jr.


Lochapoka High School get as many scholarships for college. I also was able to be a Homecoming rep for my school and despite the virus coming I was still able to pursue some of my goals as a high school senior.

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How long have you been attending/going to Loachapoka? I have been attending Loachapoka for nine years.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? I played softball for two years, Cheerleader for one year and band for seven years. Been with the National Honor Society for two years. Basketball Manager for three years. Been in the book club for one year.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Going into my senior year of high school, I wanted to be able to maintain all A’s and

What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? When I first heard that we were going to do online schooling, it really made it hard for me knowing I didn’t have the proper technology to complete my assignments. But being that I was passing my classes for the third semester of school the school let me know that I was graduating and any assignments that the teacher left weren't to be completed.

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What is your plan moving forward? My plan moving forward is to finish up my dual enrollment at Southern Union State Community College online and get a summer job to save up for college.

Jarmichael Slaughter

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How long have you been attending/going to Loachapoka? I have spent my entire K-12 learning experience at Loachapoka Elementary and High School.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? I was a student aide at my school’s library where I developed a love for books and reading. I also attended Loachapoka Exploring Auburn Days (LEAD) at Auburn University and the Auburn University High School Leadership Conference.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those

before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Academically, I wanted to secure a high GPA, increase my ACT score, and get accepted into my top college choices. It was important to me to finish strong and not slack off just because I was entering my last year of high school. Fortunately, my goals became a reality because I prepared early and had great support from my family and teachers who continued to motivate me.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? I felt as if some memories of my senior year were stripped from me. My last semester was not knowing that one school day would be my last.

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What is your plan moving forward? I plan to attend Auburn University Fall 2020 as a Business major. After I graduate college, I want to become an entrepreneur.

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When you look back on your school years at Loachapoka in the future, what do you think you’ll remember most? I will remember the friendships and relationships that were filled with laughter.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? Something that I will remember most about high school is the people I met. My teachers, friends and all of Loachapoka staff helped me get to where I am today.

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Graduating Class of 2020 Askew, Ja'nivea Na'sjae Bailey, Kengsley Teccore Clemons, Ty'tiana La'sha Collins, Zakwan Lerome Cox, Colin Alexander Cox, Yasmine Tatiana Crapps, Devurn Tamichael Criollo, Jesus Miguel Delmonte, Amya Nichole

Brittney Oliver How long have you been attending/going to Loachapoka? I have been attending Loachapoka (Schools) since the first grade.

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Escalante, Shakia Nichole Frazier, Aaron Samuel Hewitt, Kenya Ann Hutchinson, Ay'dashia Keynerica Hutchinson Jr., Diamerson Tremella Hutchinson, Markeavius Jaquan Jones, Dequentin Dramon Lewis, Malik Jamann

Moore, Demontrey Cantrell Nelms, Quinci Tremaine Jr Oliver, Brittney Nicole Person, Lelear Tanelle Pierce, Tyrell Randall, Christopher Devon Richardson, Makiya Desmonique Richardson, O'daisha Jer'mee Rojas, Luz Maria

Salazar Arenas, Elena Simpson, Tamia Kiella Slaughter, Jarmichael Armand Tatum, Kristopher Dreshawn Thomas, Laderrial Alexis Vaughn, Kiara Tatiana Velazquez, Favio Wilson, Jakiah Raquel Winston, Jasmyne Nikole

year was to have all A’s and B’s. Keep myself busy with schoolwork. Apply for as many scholarships as I could. I wanted to be able to know what plans I had for myself college wise and what path I would take to achieve it. To stay focus on my work regardless on how close I was to graduation. I’ve always wanted to be veterinarian so no matter what any of the teachers, counselors, or my parents said to me I never changed my mind, it always stuck with me. Yes I was, when the virus hit I actually had everything already planned out so nothing really changed for me as far

as having to send scholarships myself because I’m use to having my counselor do it for me. What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? I had mixed emotions mostly happy but sad because I know doing work and studying at home was already hard for me before the virus hit. I was gonna miss some of my teachers who really got on me about my work. But, I was happy because I didn’t have to wake up early everyday for school.

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What is your plan moving forward? My plan moving forward is to keep doing my scholarships and preparing for college for the fall and I actually don’t have to do any online classes because I have all the credits and classes i need to graduate. So that really made it a lot easier on me.

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When you look back on your school years at ASMS in the future, what do you think you’ll remember the most? Something I would remember the most is how friendly and motivating my teachers were, and my classmates.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? Sixth grade through 10th grade I was a cheerleader. 12th grade I was in band. Throughout high school, I was apart of Skills USA, Book Club, Yearbook Club, Photography Club and I attended Campus Life.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career, etc? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Some goals that I had for myself going into my senior

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ear OHS Class of 2020, On behalf of the Opelika High School faculty and staff, I want to congratulate you on reaching this milestone of high school graduation. This year has been unlike any other and you have displayed character and leadership throughout this experience. While historians will look back on this time and analyze the different medical and social aspects of COVID-19, my reflections will likely be different because of you. During this entire disruption to your senior year, my observations are that this entire senior class has embraced this time and found ways to make this a positive experience — focusing on the betterment of others, continuing to work hard in your coursework and sharpening leadership skills that will undoubtedly contribute to our community, state and world in a positive way. In this time of celebration, I urge you to reflect back on your high school experience — not just the last few months. I ask that you take the lessons learned, the content gained and most importantly, the relationships fostered, to shape the future in a way that represents you, your family and Opelika, in a powerful way. I can say, without reservation, that I am excited to see what the next chapter holds for you all. I encourage you to work hard in every endeavor you pursue and to seek opportunities to encourage others along life’s path. Please know that the Opelika High School family will always be here to help and will encourage you along the way. Go Dawgs! - Farrell Seymore


Letter from the Mayor Dear 2020 Graduates – “By facing our challenges and overcoming them, we grow stronger, wiser and more compassionate.” – John Templeton. Sir John Templeton was a businessman, a philanthropist and was deeply religious. He was an optimist, a believer in progress and a relentless questioner. And for that, he was hugely successful and lived a fulfilling life. You have now faced what is probably one of the BIGGEST challenges in your life – COVID-19. I know that your world has been turned upside down. What was to be your final year of high school was brought to an abrupt halt. Prom was cancelled. Athletics brought

to an end too soon. Testing for college applications cancelled. And most importantly, one of the biggest days of your life, high school graduation, will not take place. Through this, many of you may have felt ill-equipped to handle a sudden shift to online learning. You may have experienced a sense of isolation and frustration. Most definitely you missed your friends and family members. And, I’m sure you’ve heard incredibly sad stories about loss and despair. But because you’ve now been through this life altering situation, you are better suited to face life with strength, wisdom and compassion. Disappointment hurts. I ask that you accept how it feels and let it hurt for a while. Then refocus and start planning for your future. It’s here.

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It’s now. There is a great big world out there waiting on you to join it. I know, without a doubt, that our school system and its incredible teachers have prepared you to do great things. Whether you move directly into the workforce, go to a two-year community college or jump right into a four-year

college, you are going to make your Opelika community proud. I wish you all the best. God bless you and your family. Best wishes, Mayor Gary Fuller

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BEST OF LUCK TO OUR OPELIKA HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS!

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Now, go and #beOpelika.


Graduating Class of 2020 Britany Dawn Abbett Sergio Stuardo Alcantara Skarlett Dare Alcorn Dorio Erwin Ambrocio Diaz Destiny Nicole Andrews Jordan Alexis Ashford Tia Ayana Avery LaMiracle Desean Bailey Brianna Shundrea Barnett Evan Nicholas Barrow Terrian Vandrel Battle Hope Elizabeth Bearden Savannah Nadia Beaton Bethany Joyce Bedsole Jeymy Yajaira Bernal Florida Jamie Cheyenne Brock Anteria Lilgay Brooks India E’Lissa Brooks Jar’ki Recell Brooks Shamoray Addison Brooks Anna Claire Brown Hope Nicole Brown Jayde Ariyanna Brown Madalyn Kate Brown Timothy Avery Bruce Mya Kamia Bryant Lawson Conner Buchanan Tayah Erion Buchannon Jackson Drew Burdell

Tyler Reid Burnette Julia Catherine Bush Zhiere Rashod Byrd Samuel Francis Cadeau Tessa Rose Cain La’Javion Keeshawn Calloway Damion Alan Campbell Cathy Gabrianna Canady Joseph McDaniel Card Ky-Mesha Vonesha Carlisle Michael Andrew Castellani Angel Malaysia Chisholm D’Anthony Rashaad Chislom Dylan Scott Clark Camille Noelle Collins Zackery Emmanual Collins Ethan Richard Cone I’yania Monique Cook Alberto Cordova Mia Nichole Counts Zavion Malik Covington Alexis Brooke Crowley Benjamin Michael Daughtry Mark Anthony Davidson Avery Hayden Davis Brody Michael Davis Chelsea Danielle Davis

Gerald Anthony Davis Michael James Dawson Evita Barbara Debrow Skylar Alyssa Lagusta Decker Dreamer JaNiya Denmark Quinton O’Neal Denson Mckinzie Dawn Dicello Jailyn Alyse Dixon Keawana Izora Dorman-Perry India DeAysia Dowell Aniya Ki-ora Dunlap Mekiya Beuncia NaShay Durr Kyler Jordan Durrence Skyla Danielle Edwards Sadler Pike English Benjamin Brady Estes Caleb Charles Etris Naetavious Marquez Evans Zylexius Brishay Evans Julian Alexander Favors Nastajsia Makena Sheridan Flournoy Aaliyah Zakhariel Ford Danecia Marshae Foreman Kayla Marie Fourtenbary Raeden Carlee Gagliano Charity Faith Garcia

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Liliana Rodriquez Garcia Ruby Garcia Charlie Josue Garcia-Santos Annabel Ruth Garner Angel Eunice Gealon Geyrozaga Kaitlynn Bri-Anna Gonzalez Kaitlyn Marie Goodman Walter Denson Gould KaMya Jcole Grant Byron Keith Greathouse JonQuavious Leon Green MarQuavious Anthony Green Brianna LaShawn Greer Braden Reeves Gregory Latrell JaQuez Gullatte Maliq ReShaad Gunn Bailey Nicole Harris Eyric Tyree Josiah Harris Jasmine Diamonique Harris Jermicheal Devon Harris Melody Takiya Harris Jordan Christopher Harrison Steven Tyrone Harvey Killian Scott Haskell


Laila Anbyonna Heard Zackary Tremaine Hearn Arianna Michelle Hickman Hannah Morgan Hill Mikail Nasir Hill Ru’shell Denise Hill McKerral Vincent Hodges A’zavier Ryan Hoggs Kyla Ajee Hoggs Marrell Holland Harper Caroline Hollon O’Marion Terre’ Holloway Shawntel Samone Holloway Jhenny Gilliam Hoover Sarah Elizabeth Howard Ananda Jalia Hughley A’Nyiah D’Asia Hughley Deztin Ja’Kobie Hughley LaMarius De’Shun Hughley Dylan Ethan Huguley Alisha Renee Hunter Destiny Aniya Huntly Emma Grace Ingram Ansley Elaine Floyd Jackson Zeriauna Michae Jackson Hannah Bernice Johnson Jazzinique Brashay Johnson Kaitlyn Elizabeth Johnson Lenard Daviontae Johnson Matthew Ryan Johnson Joshua Neal Joiner Angel Nicole Jones Bradi Elizabeth Jones Dakiyah Ilexis Jones Tykell Alexander Jones Zakerey Meyguel Jones Kamal Kumar Kakkar Jabria Tawon Kelley Ricky Siphanhvieng Khamvongsa Summer LaShae Knight Frances Danielle Knitter Lillian Jane Kucik Kerri Halland Laro Calix Thavysouk Lasaath Alexis Danielle Lawson Ty’Dues Demetrius Ligon Estefany Nallely Lopez Martinez Napaphone Naudia Louangkhoth Jakerria Monique Love Isis Ariel Lovelace Amy Danielle Lowery Miles Edward Magee Cam’ron Kamil Marshall Jesus Martinez

Mario Michelle Martinez Cody Allen Masingo Kory D’Shawn McCoy De’Jour Corez McElroy Marhea Elise McGlade Miah Brooke McGriff Pilar Dulce McGuire Kelyn Stayon McIntyre Parker Gregg McKay Avery Madison Melton Marshall Wayne Meyers Daylen Ja’Micheal Mills Noah James Mills Takhia Sha’Arius Mims Jalajah Kamil Mitchell Jamius Maurice Mitchell Kalajah Zymil Mitchell Melissa Elizabeth Mobley Jessica Moran Bailey Anne Moreman Elizabeth Blair Moreman Alexius Sommone Morgan Dane Patrick Morgan Jason Shaddix Morgan Jade Dakota Motley Jaden Deonte Murphy Jasmine Tamara Murphy Danielle Nicole Nichols Cheyanne Marie Nicholson Walker Tolbert Norrell Karen Lisset Noveron Nunez Alfred Thomas Owens Charles Andrew Parr Rutanshu Vipinkumar Patel Kishan D Patel Desiree’ DeAntra Penn Edilzar Sabino Perez Perez Bruce Kenneth Perkins La’Adrian Ken’Yatta Perry Jiya Monee Peters Don LaShawn Phillips Zachary Hunter Pierce Ishmael Ammishaddai Pierson Ebony Shanta Porter Danielle Marie Powell Cardetress Mysha Preston Sydney Elizabeth Pritchard Molly Claire Randolph Candice-Abrya Tiara Reddick Brandon Jamal Reese Jonathan Michael Renfroe Erika Reyes Jason Edgar Rhodes Sean Allistair Rice Sydney Nicole Richards

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Opelika High School Malo Jayden Rivera La’Nasia Christina Sierra Roberson Brown Asya Aniah Robinson Mardre’vious Trevon Rodgers Austin Parker Rogers Cameron JaKarl Rogers Hayden Jenna Rogers Christopher Rosales Anteniya Charlexia Myrie Rowe Marquaysha Dashunn Rowell Jaylon Terrez Rowland Emily McClendon Rudd Karina Ruelas Caleb David Rujana Arango Aaliyah Simone Rush Dawson Taylor Edward Rush Katie Lorena Salinas Jordan Michelle Sandlin Katlyn Elizabeth Scullen Matthew Beau Sheppard Andrew Jackson Shoemaker Kamryn Elise Short C’Niya Alyce Sistrunk Tori Michelle Slottke Amiah Brashea Smith Jaheim Ka’Twan Smith Tucker Jackson Smith Dozier Howard Smith T Aniya Dynae Snipes Ethan Brian Souphanthong KaLuscious Ja’Mya Stephens JaKiyah Amille Stinson Jaylen Markeel Stinson Nakia LaShay Stinson Jasmine Tynishia Stokes Typaris Quadair Lashon Story Yuvraj Singh Sudan Austin Chandler Tate Malachi Tristan Tatum

Brayden Lee Thomas Gracie Leigh Thomas Emma Eleanor Berry Thompson Kamarah Kani Thornton Kellum Marchela Tamia LindaJoyce Thornton Hannah LeAnn Thrash Antavious Jamal Todd Akeevia Jamia Tolbert Jalen Juwan Tolbert Khya Taylor Tolbert O’Narrion Lanar Tolbert Kathlene-Marie Louise Trotter Marcus Julian Tyson TyLiah Gasha’ Tyson Maleah Marie Upshaw Shamyah Antwinise Walker Timothy Gray Walker Jada Chevonne Ware Marien Amir Warner Jaden Caleb Washington Alana Jermya Watts Hunter Paul Weston Gabrielle Michelle Whack Jackson Paul Whatley Cameron Leigh Whitlow Christopher Aaron James Willett Alexus Chadshai Williams Cameron Jamar Williams Mi’Angel Jacole Williams Sequoia Marshae’ Williams Sierra Jade Williamson LaDasjah Nicole Willis Hannah Claire Wilson Ontario Lashune Wilson Rebecca McCauley Wilson Jonathan Michael Woods Kyzer Makell Woodyard Alexa Erin Worley Julia Claire Worth

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we got paid for it - but I really enjoyed it and it was fun filming those.

3 Amy Lowery How long have you been attending/going to Opelika High School? I’ve attended Opelika High School all four years. I went to Opelika Middle School (in the) seventh grade, (and) I’ve been at Opelika since.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? Freshman year, I was a majorette, and then sophomore year through senior year I filmed the football games… we have a school news, “the Kennel,” and I did that my junior year as well. I also filmed the football games, which was kind of like a job -

Alexis Lawson How long have you been attending/going to this school? Four years.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? Art Club, HOSA, National honor society and the “Earn and Lear” program.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those

Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? One of my biggest things was just making sure that I keep my grades up and everything. Just get through it so I can go to a good college; I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do after high school, but my biggest goal was with one of my classes: I loved the TV production side of [The Kennel] and I wasn’t in part of the school news for my senior year, but I did take a class — “Advanced Photo Editing” — and I just really wanted to do some cool photo projects with that. We did do a lot of cool stuff with it, it was very fun. We can’t continue with the TV-Photo editing class, we really haven’t got any information about it. It’s not too bad, I had a wonderful time in that class; it was just a semester or two, but it was a fun class, I enjoyed it and wish it could still be going on. But there’s

before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? I was going to graduate May 22nd and have my last summer before I’m off to college and fulfilling my dreams of being into the health care system. I was going to become a manager at my part-time job when I graduated, which now I cannot because we don’t know when graduation is, which is heartbreaking.

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nothing I can do at this point. I don’t think there’s anything we can do with it, like online classes, because it was pretty much hands-on.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? To be completely honest, my mom called me and my sister downstairs [and told us]. I legitimately ran upstairs and cried; I was really upset by it. I called a couple of my friends who were juniors, and then we had the senior group chat, so I got in that and was like “guys… um, who’s heard the news?” and we all talked about it.

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What is your plan moving forward? I’ve already been accepted to AUM; I’ve already toured the outside, I haven’t been able to go in, but I’m

working with the admissions office to figure out about scholarships, and I’m also talking to Troy University and UAB. My big plan is just to be where I want to go and just try to figure out what is next, because it came so abruptly and faster than we thought. I’ve debated exactly what I want to do, but I know I want to do something within the psychology field.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? I think I’ll honestly remember this time, but I mean, I’ll understand that I worked through it and that that made me cherish my time in high school a lot more, because it helped me realize nothing can last forever, I guess. You have to take the time that you have and honestly make the most of it.

I was devastated. I liked going to school every weekday and seeing faces that I’ve known all my life and I loved interacting within the community but now all it seems like we can do is stay home.

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What is your plan moving forward? I will study hard and look forward not backwards and make the best of things. When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? Not graduating on time.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? I’m President of Student Government Association (SGA), President of National Honor Society, 2019 Homecoming Queen. I’ve been involved with the varsity volleyball and basketball programs all four years of high school.

3 Claire Worth How long have you been attending/going to this school? I’ve been attending Opelika City Schools since fifth grade!

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? My goals for senior year included getting a full scholarship to play basketball, making all A’s, and winning a state championship in basketball.

Fortunately, I ended up getting a full scholarship to the University of Mobile and making all A’s. My team fell short in the final four this year but the virus did not affect our season.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? For the first week, I was pretty excited. I work at a local pharmacy in Opelika called Bubba’s Medicine Shop and with it being an essential business, we got to stay open. Therefore I got to work a lot of hours. When the school system announced that prom and graduation was up for grabs, it really made me sick to my stomach. And it made me realize how much I took for

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granted while in high school. I really miss my peopleteachers, administrators and students.

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What is your plan moving forward? My plan moving forward is to take online classes during this crazy time and get ahead for my future at Mobile.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? I’ll definitely remember how this situation made me feel. I’ll remember the almost “fake” graduation we are going to have. I’ll definitely remember missing my senior prom, awards day and my signing day for college.


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3 Angel Chisolm How long have you been attending/going to this school? All four years.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Always wanted to go to the military, Navy specifically. Going to college under the military - main goal was to strive to make A’s and B’s. want to make my momma proud. I was able to meet these goals. I met with an officer recruiter and I ship out soon.

What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? Basketball manager for senior year.

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Kaitlyn Goodman How long have you been attending/going to this school? I have attended Opelika City Schools for my entire life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

and Student Government Association (SGA).

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? I have been a part of the OHS Varsity soccer team since seventh grade. In high school, I joined the OHS majorette line and the Opelika High Theatre Society. My senior year, I had the privilege of being selected to serve as an OHS emissary and also served as one of our soccer captains. I am also a member of a variety of honor societies, including National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Rho Kappa, and Mu Alpha Theta. During my years at OHS, I was involved with Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Key Club, Anchor Club, Spanish Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA),

What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? I cried like a baby, it was

overwhelming. Over spring break, the virus got worse and we were out for the remainder of the year. I didn’t get to say goodbye to my favorite teachers and I didn’t get the full senior experience I wanted.

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What is your plan moving forward? For now, probably going to get a job and work for

concerns with COVID-19, the initial thought was relief. It seemed to be an extended summer. However, once I started to consider the length of the break, I understood that I may not have a graduation ceremony or a senior prom. I won’t have a senior night for soccer or have the opportunity to lead my team to playoffs. I won’t get to hug some of my closest friends again. I don’t get to tell my favorite teachers the tremendous impact they’ve had on my life. And after considering all the things that would be lost with the school cancellation, I was overwhelmed with sadness and hopelessness. However, I believe the school cancellations were essential to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and the community.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Luckily, I’ve had my plans for life after high school planned out for quite some time now. In the fall, I plan to attend Auburn University to pursue a degree in Nursing. I also have the honor to perform as a Tiger Eye with the Auburn University Marching Band as I was selected as a member of the Flagline. Although the coronavirus put a halt to my soccer season and high school studies, I am hopeful that all fall festivities will still get to happen.

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What is your plan moving forward? Going into this summer, I hope to get lots of hours in at work. College is expensive, so I’d like to have as much money saved up as possible. I also in-

myself, later on in the year ship off to the Navy and go to basic training and advance to university in the future.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? I’ll remember the virus the most. It ruined senior year. I’ll remember the teachers and late nights working hard.

tend on staying in shape and practicing for flagline.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? When I look back on this stage in my life years from now, I hope that I will remember the memories made through my many years of OHS. Highfiving Coach Battle in the hallway everyday. Having lunch with my best friends. Leading the prayers prior to soccer games. I hope to reminisce on every hug, every laugh, every smile experienced at Opelika High School.

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o the 2020 graduating class of Smiths Station High School You are a class of overcomers, survivors and thrivers. You have been through more than a class should have to go through, and yet you have come out on the other side as a group of individuals ready to take on the world. You have big dreams and goals. Nothing can stand in your way. This school year ended abruptly and not at all how we planned; however, you will become stronger from this just like you always do. It might not be the story you wanted, but it is YOUR story. So remember the good times; grow from the bad times. Go out and do the big things and know that your parents, teachers, family and friends are cheering you on. We are all so very proud of all you have accomplished and will accomplish. Principal Brad Cook


Smiths Station High School

Ethan Gironal

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How long have you been attending/going to Smiths Station? I have been a student of Smiths Station since kindergarten, which would be 13 years now.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? Throughout my years at Smiths Station, I have been heavily involved in school activities, sports. I have been on the yearbook staff at Smiths Station for the last six years and have been the editor-in-chief of the staff for four years. I am the president of Areophagus (the English Honor Society), the secretary of the National Honor Society, and the public relations officer of the Science National Honor Society. I am also a member of Rho Kappa (Social Studies Honor Society), Beta Club, Panther Athletics Leadership Organization, Quill and Scroll (Journalism Honor Society) and an FCA Leader (Fellowship of Christian Athletes).

This year, I was nominated to represent Smiths Station as the Journalism Candidate for Page One and the Young Citizens Awards which encouraged me to begin a website/blog for the city of Smiths Station. I am also a starting varsity defender for my high school soccer team. I have been playing soccer for nine years now; I played club soccer with CFC Red Star on the National level and have been playing for my high school soccer team for four years now.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Going into senior year, I had multiple things on my to-do list that I wanted to complete. First and foremost, my grades were my top priority. With four advanced placement classes on my schedule along with being editor-in-chief of the yearbook staff, I knew I would spend a lot of time doing homework, studying, and editing pages while juggling both club and school soccer throughout the year. My goal was to maintain all A's throughout the year, which I was able to achieve with a 4.2 GPA. My second goal for the year was to produce an awardwinning yearbook, which I believe our staff accomplished despite the challenges we faced. Another priority/goal for myself was finding a col-

lege where I could further my education. I have decided to attend Troy University in the Fall of 2020 on a Chancellor's Scholarship where I plan on majoring in Graphic Design with an advertising minor. Although my senior year was cut short by COVID-19, I was able to accomplish many of the goals I had set for myself, including successfully creating a website for my hometown and winning the Young Citizens Awards Scholarship.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? When I had heard the news that school would be taught online for the remainder of the year, I could not believe it. The thought of not being able to spend the remainder of my high school "career" with my classmates, teachers, and teammates upset me. Not being able to say "good morning" to my two favorite teachers Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Hackney for the remainder of the year hurt me. We left school on a Friday afternoon thinking that we would all see each other that following Monday not knowing that it could have been the last time we saw each other. No formal goodbyes or farewells were said to one another, no lastminute hugs or pictures were taken. I will miss high school, as it was the best four years of my life, but I know it is part of a bigger plan.

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What is your plan moving forward? From this point forward, I will continue to study for my A.P. exams which are coming up very soon. I am still hopeful for a traditional graduation ceremony, a friend-oriented prom, my senior trip that was unfortunately canceled due to these unprecedented events and prepare for college in the fall.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? When I look back to my school years at Smiths Station, I think I will remember the friendships that were created and the teachers that mentored me into the person that I am today. I will forever be grateful for growing up in the Smiths Station community because I have friendships now that I know will last after I graduate. I had teachers that prepared me to live a successful life and who will stay in touch with me years after I have received my diploma. The family formed at Smiths Station has been through unimaginable events and still been able to bounce back stronger than before. I will remember the people the most; the ones who comforted each other during the death of students, the ones who came together to support each other after a tornado destroyed the community, the ones that would pray together in the mornings and the ones who can overcome anything when they stand together.


Jackson Armstrong

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How long have you been attending/going to Smiths Station? I have been attending the Smiths Station (School Sytem) since the third grade.

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What activities/ groups/sports have you been involved with? I have always been involved with football and played for Smiths Station ever since seventh grade.

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etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? A major goal was to graduate, of course! But, I tried for A-B Honor roll and wanted to take my ASVAB to be able to get into the Coast Guard.

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? I was really bummed due to the fact I would not be able to see some of my favorite people and teachers.

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What is your plan moving forward? I was able to graduate early so now I plan to work hard to be prepared for basic training for the Coast Guard.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? All the morning car jam sessions with Kaitlyn Davis and Bailey Banks. Also I’ll remember always laughing and having fun with my best friends at Sonic or at one of our fires.

Letter from the Mayor Dear Graduates, There is no way to truly encapsulate the happenings of 2020 and the impact it has made on the lives of everyone, including our graduating seniors of Lee County. Seniors, I’m sure each and every one of you like myself at your age looked forward to the accomplishments, memories and happiness that this final chapter of your high school careers would bring. Thanks to COVID-19, many of those opportunities were stripped away from you all. However, even a worldwide pandemic cannot take away this tremendous accomplishment from you. Think of the numerous parents, principals, teachers and classmates who helped you get to this point and all the

hours of hard work and dedication you poured into your studies to help you earn this diploma. Those are memories that can never be taken away. Readers, as you flip through the pages of this publication, I hope you take that into consideration with all of the seniors pictured and listed here. They all have a story to tell, and each in their own way and timing are poised to go out into the world and make a difference for good wherever they are planted. My thoughts and prayers are with all of our county’s graduating seniors during these unique and challenging circumstances. May God lead each of you the chosen path that He has for you. Sincerely, F.L. “Bubba” Copeland

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Graduating Class of 2020 Tinsley Rebekah Adams Kyleigha Alexis Akin Paige Marie Akins Kara Necole Allred Destiny Faith Alston Mya Janae Anderson Ava Elizabeth Andromalius Madison Brooke Anthony David Antonio Arce Jackson Davis Armstrong Sydney Elise Armstrong Quintin Bailey Ashford Tara Rene Williams Ashford Cailynn Rhiannon Bailey Cassandra E Ballou Cristian Javier Banegas Bailey Lynn Banks Devin Barnes-Simon Jake Daniel Basford Anthony Ryan Batiz Jr. Starr Batts Michaela Alyssa Beach Bryce Britton Beckwith Christopher Michael Beesley Brett Patrick Belcher Austin Walker Belk Marissa Ja'Nea Bell- Peabody Aaron Blakely Bolin Antonio Montrelle Bond Sebastian Shaun Booker Arianna Elyse Brister Makayla Brianna Britton Makenzie Breanna Britton Ariyan Keylis Brookins Jeremiah Devon Browder Christian Hunter Bryan Joseph Cameron Burnett Taylor Paige Burnette Alyssa Anne Cannon Gabrhianna Sarah-Mayln Cantelli Dartanyon Paul Cardoza Autumn Marie Carlson Avery Leigh Carpenter John Phillip Carr Gracie Addison Carter Sam Samawn Cartwright Jr. Alyssa Marie Castellini Candace Faye Catrett Dalton Colby Chambers Zachary Taylor Christian

Clayton Pierce Cockrell Kiley Lynn Coggins Clayton Joshua Cole Caleb Joshua Coleman Shanbria Lashaun Coleman Braydon William Collins Kobe Michael Collins Jordyn Lynn Comstock Kody Allen Cook Troy Anthony Corbitt Levin Armando Cordero Pfister Jalyn Marie Corley Nickolas Martin Derdoski Mackenzie Bryce Dickson Kennedy Leigh Dixon Damien Hunter Donaldson Benjamin John Douglas Jonathan Gage Dubberly Justis Christian Junior Edens Malik Shahiem Edmonds Ka'Niya Janai Edwards Jade Cheyenne Dawn Eicher Makenna Risley Elsey Austin Kane Emory Saache Nicole Ensley Kaylee Brooke Exum Zane Alexander Faulk I'Gia Janae Finley Madison Rose Fisk Cody Adam Flowers Kendall Ruth Flowers James Earl Flynn Gregory Kyle Ford Zachary David Fortenberry Manoso Lorenzo Foston Alexander Wayne Fouts Levi David Fouts Evan James Frase Jerry Noah Free Logan Keith Galloway Andres Garcia Juarez Sorrell Jacques Garris Amber Michelle Garrison Chesny Layne Gates Toni Carley Gates Destini Janaisha Gibson Joseph Clinton Gill Ethan Stryder Girona Makynsie Leighane Gladney Erik Matthew Glatfelter

Kaleb A'Kerius Glenn Tristin Lawrence Goble Gonzalo Alejandro Gonzalez Tomahj William Gordon Tommy Lee Gordon Jr. Franklin Daniel Gordy Lawrence James Gordy Nathaniel Wayne Goss Blake Thrash Gould Ja'juan Marquise Graham Jakeria Adaysha Grant Jace Osiris Green Kayla Rae Green Tamia Cassandra Green Deannastayzia Tandrial Griffin Larry Donnell Griffin Jr. Destiny Marie Guerrera Alexius Monae Gullett Gavin William Gurganus Gabriel Ray Hadley Ashlann Sierra Hall Shelby Elizabeth Hamm Tucker Shane Hammock Kaylee Jade Hand Zachary Wyatt Hannan Kamryn McCall Hardegree Justin Javar Hardnett Danetria Michelle Harris LC Lamont Harris Natalie Elizabeth Harris William Kyle Harris Taylor Anne Hasty Ritley Joseph Hayden Sutton Reese Hayes Huey Grant Hedden Thomas Gabe Herring Cameron Jase Herston Mary Louise Hicks Jordan B. Hinton Joshua B. Hinton Alexy Taylor Hodge Kendra Faith Calloway Jillian Montana Holloway Cailyn Saleen Holt Tyshae Jamariah Holt Hughston Brantley Hallmark Hood Alivia Grace Hopkins Emma Caroline Hornsby Jiram Semaj Howard Makayla Shyanne Howard Rayjon Anthony Howard Emily Faith Huckaby Melinda Joy Hughes

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Jackson Huguley Jaxon Heath Hurst Da`Quan Andre Irish Nathan Robert Irvin Nazir Raekwon Ivey Niasia Lashae Jackson Steffani Lynn James Blake William Jarrett Brooke Danielle Jarrett Sydney Alexa Jeffcoat Derrick DaShawn Michael Jefferson Spencer Curtis Jeffries Elijah Dylan Jenkins Kennedy Carol Grace Jeter Jayden Alexander Johnson Jesse McKee Johnson Louis Kenneth Johnson III Micheal Indiana Johnson Pascal Micheal Johnson Stephene Faith Daedreahna Johnson Courtney Lee Joiner Austin Daniel Jones Courtney Rose Jones Savian Bernard Jones Damien Anthony Joseph Maria Faith Keeling Aivery Louise Kelley Loni Theresa Kempke Hunter Lewis Kennon Aeries Torain Keys Katelynn Brielle Nicole Kilgore Hunter Dawson King Emily Lauren Kinsman Mary Claire Kinsman Logan Ryan Kitts Christine Portuzuela Kounter Alexis Cecelia Kuhlman Evan Khrystiyan-Mathew LaBombard Kaliya Lashay Lattimore Summer Rykell Lawrence Bobby Almandito Lawson Kayleigh Jean Leandro Elisabeth Sky Leatherwood Dakota Michael Leon Le'Xavien Ahvaj Lewis Noah Jeffrey Ligon Jonathan Stewart Lipp Madison Kaleigh Long Brandon Mark Lowe


Regan Anslee Macon Kason Lane Mallory Brandon Michael Martin Jordan Kay Masters Stephen Brock Mauko Victoria Nicole May Deaven Marie Mccardle Gracie Alashe' McCart Shaniah Latrece Mccune Toni Janee McDonald Erin Nicole McIntire Malik Lathan McMiller Kiara Kristina Nyla Meikle Jeff Joseph Bun Melvin Nailah Martine Mercer Renekia TraSha Mercer Makala Lee Meredith Valentina Adriana Mesa -Morgan Madison Rily Miller Clayton Nash Milner Linda Marie Montgomery Jovan Enrie Moody Joshua Lamonte Moore Syera Nelleke Moore Yasmin Monique Moore Brayan Enrique More Aguirre Jermichael Demont Morgan Tristan Brian Morris Christopher Dawson Morrison Grace Amber Moseley Skyler Sha Mote Jawan Malik Moulden Tiffany Nicole Mount Wyatt George Murphy Kristopher James Napier Jara Charquavius Noel Nelms Abigail Rose Newman Hannah Marie Newman Noemi Enery Nieves Canaan Lee Norgard Caroline Grace Norred Joseph Dale Randolph O'Boyle Jalen Lamont Orr Nicholas Blaise Owens Payton Whitley Owens Cheyenne Lucille Parker Christopher Derrick Parker Kaleigh Alyssa Parrish Colby Blake Patterson William George Paxton Edward Alexander Payne Nasjla Laticia Peabody Abigail Madison Perper

Justin Tyrel Perry Xavier Christian-Li Perry Casey Lynn Peves Carson Lane Pittman Savannah Reese Ponder Nicolai Jakeem Porter-Jones Perry Elisiva Potasi Holton Slade Powell Camron Micheal Powers Anna Rose Prather Jasper Malik Price Conner Allen Prins Hannah Eizabeth Ray Nykolis Rashaad Raymond Amy Nicole Redden Tyler Dean Redden William Hubert Redden Aubry Elaine Rose Reed Gybran Reyes Pichardo Marco Antonio Reyna Abbie Anne Reynolds Elijah Crane Cooper Richards Haley Nicole Ritter Abigail Ninaleigh Roberson Madelyn Faith Roberts Jacob Daniel Robinson Amiya Marie Rodgers Morgan Elizabeth Rodriguez Sarah Alexandria Rodriguez Micheal Nolan Roller Nicholas Justin Rollins Hunter Douglas Roop Christopher Sean Ross Kayla Denise Rosser Shelby Ann Roush Zoe Madison Royal Faith Kennedy Rudolph Mathew Kyle Rumsey Jordan Thais Russell Hunter Wade Ryan Jacquelyn Alexis Sandell Madison Clair Sanders Gavin Shondale Sasser Elijah Jay Sawyer Chasia Gabriel Schmidt Caitlyn Beverly Schumann Claire Abigail Seibert Keegan James Shaughnessy Sullivan Anthony Sherman Shine Isiah Jeramiah Ryan Charles Sieg Ashton Blake Silvestri Miles Richard Simpson

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Smiths Station High School Devan Michael Smith Emmy Rae Smith Evan Drake Smith Michael Thomas Stacey Christiana Marie Stacy Michaela Mechelle Stapler Tyler Ray Steele Kevin Anthony Stehman Kaylyn Meshel Stewart Jaslyn Renee Still Taylor Hannah Stinson Austin Tyler Storey Elijah Kane Strange Anasia Machelle Strickland Desiree Leann Strickland Jocelyn Nicole Strickland Dillon Roy Stutzman Kolby Raymond Sutton Joshua Micheal Swart Carson Gage Swilling Crystal Shyanne Talley Savannah Lee Taylor Savian Teone Daijion Taylor Brailyn Elizabeth Thaxton Adreanna Elizabeth Thomas Jada Lashawn Thomas Travail Marqida Sherrel Thomas Nicholas Andrew Thorn Alana Reanne Tice Alexia Marie Tice Tabatha Jane Tolbert Alexis Marie Trawick Robert Alfred David Treadwell Tyler Matthew Tressler Harmony Jade Trimm Raistlin Kade Tucker Carissa Danielle Turbyfill Tandy Delane Anne Turkovitz Matthew Bryce Turnbull Jerremy Turner Elijiah

Tiara Nichole Twitty Dominic Isaiah Valadez Marco Antonio Vazquez Kaleb Gabriel Vega Lauryn Holly Vigeland Mary Elizabeth Wagnon Taylor Bradley Walker Campbell Elizabeth Wallace Brandon Michael Ward Jacob McCartney Ward Shelby Alexis Watkins Elizabeth Ann Watson Madison Brooke Watson Garrett Cole Wessner Benjamin Nathanial White Madison Ann Whitehead Kenyana Denay Whitehorn Taariq Javan Whitlock Christian Blake Whitmer Asiah Dania Wiggins Asiah Bernae Williams Christian Jabari Williams Kameren Alise Williams Katherine Nicole Williams Kelsi Brooke Williams Shadraick Renay Williams Trinity Paige Williams Allison Claire Willis Collin Harrison Willoughby Sadie Elizabeth Ann Wills Amber Christine Wimberly Devon Ja'Shawn Wimberly Emily Faith Wood Gage Michael Woodall Anthony Joseph Hunter Woodard Noah Christopher Woods Roy Donald Wright III Kevin Ryan Wright Alex Lee Wyatt Gabriel Jacob Wycoff Kameron Shae Young Riley Anthony Young Kaitlyn Georgia Zimdahl

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he Lord is faithful in all things, and He will certainly carry on the work that He has begun in your lives. We celebrate with you during this season as we give thanks to our Heavenly Father for giving you the guidance and perseverance needed to reach this extremely special point in your lives. We love you and will be praying for God’s blessings to be upon you as continue along the path that He has for you! - Mr. Cornelius and Mrs. Miller�


Trinity Christian School

Rebekah Brown How long have you been attending/going to this school? I’ve attended Trinity for seven years. I started in sixth grade.

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I’ve done volleyball, soccer, I’m a yearbook editor and I do Singer’s Choir… I’m in the Honors Society…

almost perfect it. But this year has kind of put a dent in that plan [laughs] so I haven’t been able to fully accomplish that goal. The yearbook was due April 3, so it was really crazy having to do Zoom meetings with my staff. It was insane, but… we’ve had to change a bunch of things, that’s not normal. The other one was soccer: I’ve been on the soccer team for a while now and I wanted this to be my best season; but, that’s over. Yeah… it’s crazy.

Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Well, I think one of my biggest goals, there’s two of them: one was with the yearbook; I’ve been a yearbook editor for two years and last year, at the end of the year, my goal was to make the yearbook even better. As a leader, just trying my hardest to

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? Going into my senior year, my goals were to graduate high school and then pursue higher education at Auburn University.

What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? For right now, Trinity has not cancelled school altogether, I think they’ve extended that to April 30, but right now, I have friends in other schools and I know what they’re going through, being seniors too. I’m holding onto that hope that we’ll be able to go back and just have a normal end of the senior year, but I’m already feeling like this is bigger, I guess. Just sadness that… I feel like we lost a lot What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? I was pretty disappointed when I found out the news. I felt like I was being robbed of my last moments with my class before we graduated and parted ways.

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What is your plan moving forward? My plan moving forward is to enjoy this summer to the best of my ability while also preparing for college in the fall.

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in this senior year, and it’s hard to find that happiness and joy.

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What is your plan moving forward? I’m attending Southern Union and I’m going to major in early-childhood education. My dream career is to be a stay-at-home mom; I know that sounds kind of crazy, I just want to be a homemaker.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? I think one thing that I want to remember is, whenever I look back, I want to see that I did not waste this time. It’s hard not to complain a lot, but I just want to look back and see how God actually moved in my life and used this opportunity to make me grow and be intentional with other people, with my friends and with people I haven’t talked to in years. I think that’s what I want to remember the most — I want to make this time count, make this moment count. think you’ll remember most? I think I’ll probably remember the quality time that I am getting to spend with my family the most.


Juliet Nell How long have you been attending/going to this school? I began attending Trinity in third grade. Before that, I was homeschooled by my mom.

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What activities/groups/ sports have you been involved with? I have been a part of the tennis team, Honor Society, and the concert and jazz bands.

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caused school to be taught remotely? One of the biggest goals I was able to reach was adequately studying for my standardized tests and getting my target ACT score, because that had to happen before anything else in the college application process. I was able to finish all of the college-related goals I had, like applying and being accepted to Auburn and applying for scholarships. There are some fun senior traditions that the pandemic has caused me to miss out on, but thankfully all of the requirements for going to Auburn I either had done already or can do remotely. A goal unique to Trinity seniors is the rhetoric speech we give near the end of the year, and even though our rhetoric day looks different this year, being quarantined at home has allowed me to put more time and effort into my speech than I would have normally. My last big goal was to give it, and our teachers figured out a way for us to do that while still practicing social distancing. I’m thankful that all of my important senior goals could

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What were your emotions when you found out that you’d have to study from home the rest of the semester? I was pretty glad for the more relaxed schedule and opportunity to do personal things that I couldn’t do during a regular spring semester, but there were definitely some things I was sad to miss. I knew I would miss my class especially and all of the small senior things that we wouldn’t get to do together. It was definitely surreal to think that the day before spring break was the last day I’d ever wear a Trinity uniform, and I wished that I could finish out my senior tennis season and perform the last band concert. But pretty soon into quarantine I told my friend how sad I was about missing those things, and she surprised me with a great quilt she made with Trinity t-shirts from over the years, which helped me feel a lot better about everything!

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What is your plan moving forward? My plan is to finish out the semester as best I

can in the next couple of weeks and just see where the summer takes me. I’ll be doing final college preparations like Camp War Eagle remotely but I hope that I’ll be able to spend some time with friends before everyone goes to college, if social distancing lets up a bit. I know it won’t be a normal summer, but I plan on enjoying it as best I can and making it as normal as possible. I’m definitely hoping for a normal freshman year, but that’s not guaranteed at all, so overall I just plan on staying safe and making the best of whatever has to happen.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? I think I’ll remember the lessons I learned about selfdiscipline and using my time well, because that really has been a blessing of social distancing. Probably most of all, and I’m sure this is true for a lot of people, I’ll remember to value face-to-face interaction and all of my everyday freedoms that I normally take for granted.

Graduating Class of 2020 Steffany Natalie Arce Gamboa Rebekah Anne Brown Curtis Campbell Johnson Juliet Pauline Nell Clayton Haywood Odom Lucy Elizabeth Ward Inge Christine Washburn Marcia Bergeron Washburn Sara Corinne Weissinger Isabella Gabrielle Williams

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 Haley Simpson How long have you been homeschooled? I have been homeschooled since the fourth grade.

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What activities/ groups/sports have you been involved with? I played piano for three years and violin for three years. I have done East Alabama Youth Chorale and Children’s Choir for five years.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? My biggest goal for my senior year was to decide what I wanted to do with my future. I planned on going to preview day for a college. I haven’t been able to Emily Simpson How long have you been homeschooled?

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What activities/groups/sports have you been involved with?

I have been involved in the East Alabama Children’s Choir and the East Alabama Youth Chorale for the past five years. I also took piano for seven years. I have also served in many church events such as VBS and other children activities and various volunteer activities. I was also involved in many bible studies and small groups. I was the editor for my school’s yearbook for two years.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely?

Going into senior year, my goals were to complete my dual-enrollment classes at Southern Union and have at least a 3.5 GPA. My other goals were to go to senior prom and have a great senior choir concert. The virus has greatly impacted every goal that I had. It took away going to the Southern Union campus and seeing my friends almost

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What is your plan moving forward? My plan moving forward is to work over the summer and fall. Lord willing, I will be able to attend Highlands College to get a degree in ministry in the spring.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? Looking back, I will definitely remember my high school years the most. I grew a lot in my relationship with Jesus over the last four years. I have experienced God’s miraculous power and love in so many ways! I have also made some wonderful friendships that I hope last for years to come!

everyday. It also has taken away senior prom and a senior choir concert. I had also planned to go to a preview day at Highlands College in Birmingham in April but the virus also stopped us from going to that as well. The virus has also prevented me from hanging out with my friends before everyone goes to college.

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I plan on completing my basic academic classes at Southern Union while I am trying to decide what career path I want to take. I am praying and waiting for God to show me what He wants me to do with the gifts that He has given me. I also plan on getting a job somewhere this summer.

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When looking back at high school, I hope to remember all the fun memories. Not just the big moments but also the little ones. The countless game nights and movie nights I had with my friends. Staying out late and eating Cook Out or Chick Fil A with my fellow choir members to celebrate a great concert. The great relationships that

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Ashley Simpson How long have you been homeschooled? I have been homeschooled for eight years.

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What activities/ groups/sports have you been involved with? I have played soccer for eight years. I was in the East Alabama Children’s Choir and Youth Chorale for four years. I participated in community bible studies, yearbook, and volunteer opportunities. I also lead kids worship in church every Sunday.

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Going into your senior year, what were some goals you had for yourself? College, career etc.? Were you able to realize any of those before the virus hit and caused school to be taught remotely? This was my first year playing soccer on a school team, but our season was cut short due to all the rain and then the coronavirus. I was also enrolled at Southern Union as a dual enrollment student taking classes on campus, but due to the coronavirus it turned into online classes.

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What is your plan moving forward? As of right now, I plan on attending Southern Union in the fall and then later attend Highlands College to study family/children’s ministry.

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When you look back on this part of your life years from now, what do you think you’ll remember most? Friendships; playing on Trinity’s soccer team.

being homeschooled has given me with my parents and sisters. Doing homework in my pajamas some days and then meeting other homeschoolers for lunch on other days. I also hope to remember swing dancing on some Friday nights and dancing the night away at prom. The long Facetime calls and last minute plans to go to the movies or to someone’s house. My highschool experience is one that I will treasure for a lifetime.


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Live Lee - Class of 2020  

Live Lee is a magazine produced and published by the Opelika Observer. The issue is honoring the Class of 2020. We interviewed more than 30...

Live Lee - Class of 2020  

Live Lee is a magazine produced and published by the Opelika Observer. The issue is honoring the Class of 2020. We interviewed more than 30...

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