To the Class of 2020:
So much has been written and said over the past few weeks as you, your families, teachers, and communities have mourned the loss of traditions, time, and normalcy. But, while we continue to struggle, you’ve done what you’ve always done – persevere.
You came into a world full of chaos 18 years ago. As the rest of us were trying to muddle our way through the new normal of post 9/11, you were growing up, forging ahead, and creating your own normal.
Now here we are. Spring of 2020. Your year. Your time to shine. You know the rest of the story that is 2020.
But, your story is just beginning. Each of you has grown into the most amazing young adult. While the rest of the world has been trying to sort through the uncertainties of the past few months, you’ve forged ahead, embraced the uncertainties, and created your own normal once again.
You, the young men and women of the class of 2020, are strong, resilient, creative, caring, compassionate, and so much more. While most people see the world in black and white, you see a world full of color. You have vision and drive. You are independent, inclusive, hopeful, and realistic. You are wise beyond your years. You know what you want and you aren’t afraid to do what it takes to get it.
I’ve watched as all of you have accomplished so many great things throughout the past 13 years. You are not just the leaders of tomorrow, you are the leaders of today.
JRR Tolkien said, “The greatest adventure is what lies ahead. Today and tomorrow are yet to be said… The chances, the changes are all yours to make. The mold of your life is in your hands to break.”
I can’t wait to see what adventures lie ahead and what molds you break. I know each and every one of you is destined for great things. And, I know that each of you will leave your mark as you continue to forge ahead, persevere, and “be the change that you wish to see in the world (Mahatma Gandhi).”
You make Blount County proud. As you go out into the world, always know you will forever be in our hearts and you will always be welcomed back home with open arms. Best wishes from all of us here at The Blount Countian!
P.S. A special thanks to Richard Phillips for the photo and to Kylee Adams (Susan Moore), Bailee Johnson (Hayden), Alex Heard (Appalachian), Rece Dobbs (Oneonta), Olivia Burdine (Hayden), Mia Wilson (Southeastern), Hallie Fletcher (Locust Fork), Alex Washburn (Pennington), and Carli Wilson (Cleveland) for the fun photo shoot Saturday! Check out all of our seniors in this year’s special Class of 2020 showcase in section C. -aw