This year was definitely unexpected and surprising, especially for the Riverbend seniors. No one expected their senior year to be online or at school, wearing a mask. Unfortunately many activities were canceled for seniors and underclassmen.
Without a normal year many seniors are displeased with what has been their senior year. “The thing I liked the least about this year was the lack of senior events that we would normally have like senior lunches and trips, said Riverbend senior Alex Walter. “I had looked forward to my senior year because these were some of the fun things I could have done with my friends but sadly we have not had them.”
Walter plays soccer for Riverbend’s Boys Varsity Soccer team. Walter was unable to play his junior due to the nationwide shut down in March of 2020. “Last year we had played two scrimmages and were about to play our first game until our season was canceled for good,” said Walter. Walter has been currently practicing with the rest of the team in their off season training. With plans to attend James Madison University this fall, Walter anticipates not having such a normal year in college but hopes that restrictions will not be as limited this coming school year.
Senior Madison Sarver was also disappointed that she was unable to participate in any senior activities. She, like many others, was looking forward to attending prom and the senior trip. “Even though we got to miss out on a lot this year, I was able to have my senior night with my teammates,” said Sarver. Sarver plays for Riverbend’s Girls Varsity Basketball team. Unfortunately there were no fans in the stands, but she was happy to be able to play with the team during her last year in high school. Madison plans to play women’s basketball and attend nursing school at James Madison University.
With the unanticipated circumstances for this year’s seniors, the senior class officers hope to hold a COVID-19 safe activity before this year comes to a close. The senior’s look forward to this opportunity and enjoy what’s left of their senior year. Many others are looking forward to a successful graduation and a future without COVID-19.