Seniors grieve end of school year

WEST VIRGINIA (WOAY) – Seniors speak out about the variety of senior year experiences they grieve as schools close for the rest of the year.

“I really wanted to go back and spend my last few days with my friends,” said Fayette County student Betty Watson.

Although students are disappointed in the loss of their final semester in high school, many remember the great memories made. For Shady Spring High School student Kacey Poe, it’s her favorite classes that she’ll miss the most.

“My chemistry teacher is one of the best people I’ve ever met,” Poe said. “We had so many fun labs planned. We were going to make ice cream in the lab.”

Meanwhile, other students grieve experiences they missed out on. In Wyoming County, Summer and Savannah England are disappointed in the loss of a graduation rehearsal and senior prank. Poe missed out on a class trip to Washington, D.C. For others, the loss of spring sports was most devastating.

“We were supposed to go to the state basketball tournament,” said Grey Hazuka.

Students know, however, that as one door closes, another opens. Watson plans to study nursing at Marshall and Hazuka committed to Salem University for cross-country and track.

“In 54 days, I leave for the United States Army Reserves to go to boot camp,” said Nicholas County senior Camden Crissinger. To serve his country, he’ll likely miss any rescheduled senior events.

As seniors move forward, they are sure to not forget those who got them this far. Students shared thank-yous to family, friends, teachers and mentors.

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