Letter to the Class of 2020: Goodbye, good luck & thank you!

Letter to the Class of 2020: Goodbye, good luck & thank you!

I have decided to dedicate my column this month to the class of 2020. You all have been the leaders around me and my support system throughout my many years in Beaverton public schools. As a junior following in your footsteps, I look to you once again to find and admire the grace in which you are handling this unprecedented situation.

We should have known that something was special with the class of 2020. You were a class born to a world that had just changed forever after an event we’d come to know as 9/11. Now as you are transitioning into adulthood, our world is once again changing in profound ways we could have never expected.

Though this global pandemic has taken away your prom and graduation, you will not let that define you. You will be remembered for your resilience and spirit to succeed. You will soon be making decisions that will hopefully change the world once more, in a positive way that will benefit us all.

To the seniors at Mountainside High School, you were going to be the first graduating class ever! Though you didn’t get to walk down the aisle in front of family and friends, you will be known for how you created the culture at our school, and how you were amazing role models for everyone else there.

One day, we were all sitting in class doing our school work, and the next day we were being told to quarantine in our homes, not knowing that we wouldn’t have a chance to say goodbye to you.

Even though we didn’t get a chance to tell you in person, know that you will always be a part of us, and have all made huge impacts on our lives.

Kili is a junior at Mountainside High School. She loves singing, playing piano and ukulele, and also running track and field.