The senior year we didn’t expect

Even with the unique circumstances of this year, ASB strives to create and plan a memorable senior year.


Bella Gerken

One of Bella Gerken’s posts on the senior class Instagram, @smchs2021. Gerken has posted quotes like these to encourage her peers to stay positive.

Maddy Sherwood, Staff Writer

As summer comes to an end, its time to prepare for your last year of high school. Students should spend their senior year with friends, getting involved at school, and enjoying their last year before they enter the real world. However, is all of that possible without prom, sports games, senior nights, graduation, or a full-day of classes on campus? Due to COVID-19, this year has brought a variety of challenges. However, ASB continues to work to make this year exciting for students.

“I’m super excited about being Senior Class President during such a unique school year,” Bella Gerken said. “I want to help keep a positive light on how our senior year will turn out.”

Leading the senior class, Gerken finds ways to bring positivity and hope to her peers. Even though life is not back to normal, she wants to inspire her classmates to enjoy the year.

“I want to lead my senior class with passion, hope, and strength despite these difficult times around us,” said Gerken. “I really want to be able to bring everyone together and celebrate since it is sadly our last year all together.”

Although the senior class is not all together on campus, Gerken devotes herself to keeping everyone connected. Along with ASB, Gerken utilizes her class’ social media accounts to listen to her classmates’ ideas for this year.

“I love getting to hear many different opinions from all of my senior classmates and trying to fulfill their wishes of making our senior year the most normal it can be,” said Gerken. “I am most looking forward to getting to plan events for my peers and getting to see their reactions.”

Despite the trials of this year, the ASB commits itself to making an optimistic environment on campus. Additionally, they want to generate even more school spirit than normal through the opportunities on social media and planning as many safe events as possible.