March 13, 2020, all of the seniors anticipated coming back to school on Monday. They left anticipating seeing all of their friends on Monday and telling them how awesome our weekend was. An email was sent out to all students, parents, and faculty members on March 13 informing that all schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) will be closed until April 13. However, there is still a possibility that the school will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.
The last semester of senior year has been taken away from the students, and there is no end in sight. Many seniors were looking forward to all that senior year had to offer; senior ditch day, prom, and hearing their names called and walking across the stage at graduation, but these events seem to be in doubt. The seniors never knew that leaving our sixth period class of March 13 may be the last time we ever see all of their friends at the same place at the same time. None of them said goodbye, they all just said see you on Monday. But tomorrow is never promised. Senior and ASB President Melia Kenneth said that she is really disappointed in the school closure. “We’ve spent the last four years working to get to walk across the stage and to dance at our last high school dance and to do everything that seniors do. I feel like we’re just having a lot of milestones robbed from us and it hurts.” Senior and 4-year varsity starter in both baseball and basketball Jake Covey said, “It sucks, especially for me as an athlete...now I don’t know what my future holds. It’s all in limbo and that really sucks.”
A majority of the seniors have a similar approach to how they feel with the school closing, but there are a few who have a different way of thinking. Senior Kaden Zacchetti said, “I think it’s unfortunate, however it’s important for us as a people, as a country, to come together and do whatever we can to combat this crisis. I’m fine giving up my second semester of my senior year in order to save lives. It’s everyone’s job to do their part. Everyone can be a hero in America.”
Although the school year is expected to resume, the seniors cannot help but think about the what ifs. What if the school does not open back up? What if prom gets cancelled? What if we do not have graduation? Unfortunately, there are no answers to these questions... yet. Hopefully the school will open back up again so us seniors can savor our last few months in highschool. Estancia High School Class of 2020: it has been a great ride, and let's hope that this is just another bump in the years of highschool. Hopefully, June will still be around.
Reporter: Myles Witte