The end of the year usually marks a time for change, soon-to-be-broken resolutions, and hopes for the coming 12 months. This year it seems everyone is hoping for something similar, or at least Hull High School student leadership is.
“My hopes for the new year are to hopefully be able to go to school five days a week and seeing everyone,” says senior class president Ben Olivieri. With HHS students going to school in person only twice a week, staying motivated and on top of grades has been especially difficult.
Sasha Green, sophomore class president, is hoping that “things will start to go back to normal so that we can go back to school full-time instead of this weird hybrid.”
“2020 hasn’t been a great year for everyone, and I think that we can only go up,” says Ruby Schultz, freshman class president. Schultz is wishing for “an end to the pandemic.”
That may be within reach, given the recent arrival of vaccines, but it may still be sometime before the coronavirus is behind us.
Grace Grosso, the junior class president, says she wants “to be able to go back to some normal things and traditions we normally do at HHS, and to continue to come together as a school and community through the new year.”
Despite the pandemic, HHS has soldiered on and attempted to continue long-held traditions, such as electing a homecoming king and queen.
For Nolan Tiani, student body president, “COVID has made me shift towards a more long-term outlook as opposed to short-short. … My hopes have shifted towards my college experience and hoping that, come this fall, I can go to college and get as normal an experience as possible.”
For seniors, the school year has been riddled with loss due to the coronavirus, and many, like Tiani, are looking past high school and toward a coronavirus-free start to college instead.
However, it is important to remember the importance of not just hoping, but doing. We can all do our part to make 2021 better by wearing masks and social distancing and doing our best to stay safe.