Seniors face truncated senior year

Elizabeth Franklin, Editor

While quarantine is clearly affecting all Chapman students and staff, it’s especially taking its toll on the Class of 2020, whose senior year is being interrupted. 

The coronavirus had already cut their senior trip short, so losing their last months of school hit even harder. 

“I was definitely very shocked when I found out school was closing,” senior Stelly Musser said. “It’s just not something you expect or could ever imagine happening.”

Spring sports were cut off before they really even began, spring break plans were impacted and now end-of-the-year celebrations will have to be heavily modified. 

“I didn’t think we were going to be out for long,” senior Timmy Ferguson said. 

Ferguson had held out hope that, at the very least, he’d be able to complete a successful track season.

With the April 22 announcement from Gov. Henry McMaster that schools won’t open again until the fall, many seniors are facing the reality that their last day of high school has passed by without a chance to properly say goodbye to their childhood, goodbye to life-changing teachers, to the halls they walked nearly every day for four years, to the friends that stuck by them. 

“I’m missing seeing all my friends and teachers, and just being able to enjoy school as it normally was,” Musser said.