By Karli Olsen — Spirit Lake High School
Today marks what was supposed to be my last day of high school. In thinking about the day and the emotions it was supposed to bring, I am saddened that I wasn’t able to experience all of the emotions; happy, sad, excited, nervous, etc. with my friends. I am sad that I won’t walk the halls of SLHS, sit in the commons, or have another before school workout.
Most of all, I’m sad that I won’t get a chance to say goodbye to so many teachers, students and employees. I’m going to miss all my chats with Doreen, reading buddies at the elementary, and seeing everyone in the halls. Instead of remembering all of the things we’ve missed out on, I’m choosing to remember all of the incredible memories I have made in my time here. I’ve loved my time at SLHS, but it is time for me to say goodbye and close this chapter of my life.
One thing that has really stuck out to me as a 2020 graduate is the support and love we have gotten. I’m very thankful for everything that has been done to support us. It's truly incredible to see everything and I am blessed to live in such an amazing area. From yard signs, special editions in the paper, to videos with messages from teachers and support from countless businesses. I’ve seen this support, not only for us graduates, but for essential workers, senior citizens and families who may be struggling to make ends meet.
However, I have also realized that it didn’t take a pandemic to hit us to support each other. We have been doing that for as long as I can remember, and that is one of the many reasons I am proud to say I am from the area. I feel as if our community has done an amazing job answering the call to help one another. There isn’t anywhere else I would have wanted to grow up.