Despite Non-Traditional End to Year, the Class of 2020 Perseveres

Written by Meghan Dunster, Jordan Fiala, Charley Piercy, and Carissa Vergeres

The class of 2020 is leaving the Wolverine den as the Coronavirus brings the seniors’ high school careers to a sudden end. Senior year memories such as prom, the last day of school, the senior prank, and a traditional graduation ceremony have all been stripped from the Class of 2020. 

Despite these circumstances, school officials have planned several  in-person graduation ceremonies starting on Wednesday, June 10, where graduates will be presented their diplomas with a small group of family available to witness. There will also be photo opportunities to capture the special day. A virtual ceremony featuring senior class speakers will be held on Friday, June 12.  All information can be found on the WHS website. 

Graduates of  the class of 2020 have chosen different pathways, with most choosing to attend college, and a few entering the military or joining the workforce immediately after graduation.

See the graph to view the statistics for the Class of 2020.

Graphic by Carissa Vergeres
Statistics are from a poll conducted by Woodgrove’s counselors to the members of the class of 2020.

 

Kyle Caylor: University of Virginia

Senior Kyle Caylor says, “I chose UVA because the campus made me feel at home. I love how academically oriented they are and thought they would set me up for a great future. I was open to both instate and out of state schools. I thought out of state would be good to get a fresh start, but I also enjoyed the fact that staying in state would let me keep in touch with my friends.”

Dawne Virts, Christopher Newport and Cari Smith, Virginia Wesleyan

 

Dawne Virts, Christopher Newport

 

Erika Mathov, Virginia Tech and Courtney Frye, University of Virginia

 

Jordan Fiala, University of Alabama and Morgan Judd, University of Alabama

 

Jordan Fiala, University of Alabama and Morgan Judd, University of Alabama

Senior Morgan Judd says, “Right when I visited the University of Alabama, I instantly knew I wanted to spend my four years of college there, it felt like home and had a great program for my major. Even though it is far away from home, I am so excited to start the next chapter of my life at UA!”