Last year at this time, our student leaders reflected on the coming of 2021, hoping we would be able to return to school in person and resume our usual traditions. They got their wish.
This year, among surging COVID-19 cases, those leaders are looking for even more of a return to what has come to be known as normalcy.
In December 2020, Hull schools were still in a hybrid model, with students attending class in person only two days a week. But by the end of the school year, students had safely returned to their buildings five days a week.
And while we missed out on many activities and traditions last year, this year we have been able to bring them back and even start some new ones.
So, while for now we are getting used to “a new normal,” Hull High School freshman president Boden Ciulla-Sestito is hoping that “in the new year, the effects of COVID-19 can finally come to an end” and that students can “get back to normalcy, since I think we need it.”
For Lucy Peters, the HHS junior class president, her wish for the new year is that “all students are able to achieve their goals and that everyone has a great year academically and mentally. I also hope that as a school we can still enjoy things like games, rallies, and spirit week.”
Luckily, the students have been able to enjoy certain activities. They have participated in multiple rallies, spirit weeks, and even a semiformal homecoming.
The return of holiday activities has also been a hit, with the elementary students recently participating in Polar Express Day and the highschoolers wearing ugly sweaters and decorating classroom doors. (By the way, Ms. Kaplan won.)
Senior president Grace Grosso is eager for “a safe return to school through COVID-19 spikes” and would like to “proceed with the second half of the year as normal.”
After more than two years coping with the coronavirus, here’s wishing that we all get to see an end to the pandemic soon – and that we all have a happy, healthy, and safe new year.