Keep Senior Prom and Graduation Activities 2020 for MVLA District

Keep Senior Prom and Graduation Activities 2020 for MVLA District

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In the event that school closes for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year, we should take a moment to think of how our graduating seniors have been impacted during these unpredictable and chaotic times. Prom and Graduation Activities are the most valuable events where seniors celebrate their twelve years of accomplishments and the communities they have made before they head off to their future careers. We, the people of the MVLA Union High School District, the Graduating Class of 2020, and the greater community, cannot afford to have that taken away from them.

Due to COVID-19, we, the Senior Class of 2020, have had the most important moments and soon-to-be memories of our school years axed out. Many sports, performing arts, field trips, and tours have been cancelled, disappointing our community. Mental health has played the most crucial role in our community during the outbreak, causing severely high stress, anxiety, depression, withdrawal, isolation, and traumatic stress, especially if they have had to experience the bleakness of quarantine and are not able to spend quality time with their friends, even though they are able to virtually connect with them.

We, the graduating class of 2020, deserve to have our voices heard and should be guaranteed prom and graduation activities, especially after twelve years of accomplishments, testing, and every milestone we have made. Many of us have sat back and watched our friends and elders graduate, stoked for "their time and victory." Some students may even be the first or last members of their families to graduate, and cancelling such major events could impact their lives and families, especially for those who have faced extreme circumstances in order to declare their glory. 

Therefore, while everyone stresses about the turnout of their future, they should be guaranteed these things to keep their spirits up. This situation is extremely chaotic and unpredictable, and we, the Graduating Class of 2020, NEVER deserve to suffer unlike any other classes before and after. They should be able to advocate and voice their decisions made about the moments they have waited for all their twelve years of their education. Many of us have sat back and watched our elders graduate, waiting for our time to come after they have had the opportunity to toss their caps and celebrate a vital moment of their lives and education. 

As the finish line approaches, the excitement of picking up our cap and gown, celebrating our final moments with our friends, families, and teachers, Grad Night, Prom, Graduation Picnic, and transitioning into the most important phase of our daily lives, it seems to be stripped away from us, causing great disappointment and isolation. 

Please give the Graduating Class of 2020 their ceremonies and events to celebrate their once-in-a-lifetime achievements and Senior Prom to spend their final moments and hours with their friends, families, and teachers. 

Thank you for your time and understanding. Please give us this day.

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