SCOTTSDALE, AZ — At a time when life milestones like spring sports, prom, classes, and, potentially, even graduation ceremonies have been canceled because of coronavirus, dozens of high school seniors within the Scottsdale Unified School District have made a video to encourage others to stay home and to stay positive.
The video is titled "Dear Class of 2020" and was published to YouTube on Sunday morning.
"We are the class of 2020. A class that has persisted through the unthinkable. We were born in the wake of 9-11. We have no memory of the world before that tragedy. We were only toddlers when mega-companies like YouTube and Facebook first began. And we grew up alongside the rise of smart technology. We entered elementary school at the peak of the stock market crash. We entered middle school after the Boston Marathon bombing. And we entered high school when mass shootings became 'normal,'" the students say in a series of clips.
"But nonetheless, through every hardship and success, we've gotten stronger. We've stayed positive. And we have grown," the video continues, followed by students sharing ways that they've been staying positive with music, art, spending time with family, and online dance classes.
"To give everyone evidence that this is truly affecting our lives in a significant way," said Riley Glick, who is a senior at Chaparral High School. "I would just ask everyone to follow those guidelines and to make sure we can all get back to normal as soon as possible."