1 The past year was extraordinary for so many reasons. What's it been like to finish high school during a pandemic?
What it was like finishing school during a pandemic was very nerve-racking, like how me and my friends like to put it: we still feel like we are juniors. Throughout our whole senior year, it still oddly felt like we were juniors. This year went by so quickly, it's still hard to believe we are graduates.
2 What are your plans for life after high school? Were those plans affected or shaped by your experiences during this school year?
My plans after high school are to further my education at Purdue Fort Wayne. My plans weren't affected by my experience during school; I had already planned to stay in town, but I do believe I hold a lot more respect for FWCS (Fort Wayne Community Schools) staff that made this year safe and fun as possible under all these circumstances.
3 You were a member of the FWCS Superintendent's Student Advisory Board, a group created in 2004 to be a conduit between school district administration and students. What was serving on the board like?
Serving on the Superintendent's Student Advisory Board was such a big opportunity for me, and I will always be grateful to have been a part of something so important.
Being on that board gave me and my fellow peers a voice; it encouraged us to give our outlook on different topics in our FWCS district.
4 What types of feedback were you able to pass along to administrators through the board this year?
I can only wish for the best for them and just keep up the hard work because I know this year was not easy to plan out and put the plan into action and fulfill their duties as educators. And I'd like to say they did a great job and things can only get better from here.
5 What lessons from this year will you take with you as you move on from New Tech?
A lesson I will take with me is to enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. I can also say I graduated from New Tech Academy at Wayne and I can proudly say I was a part of NTA culture for four years and I will always be grateful for that.