What’s a excessive schooler’s life like through the pandemic? These four Colorado youngsters will let you know
DENVER – Life was tough for all of us during the coronavirus pandemic. From frontline workers who work long hours and are exposed to stress, to seniors who cannot see their families, to parents who unexpectedly have to mess up their lives every day to make sure their young children are safe have what they need to be successful in school.
This group in particular will follow Denver7 for the remainder of the year as they embark on the already strange journey through their senior year of high school – with an added challenge: overcoming teenage life during a global pandemic.
This Denver7 360 project will follow four seniors from across the front range and document their hopes, dreams, fears, goals and challenges to give you, our readers, a different perspective on life at this special time in our history.
Meet the Colorado teenagers talking about what it’s like to be a senior during the pandemic.
Kenzi is a senior at Green Mountain High School. Her life has revolved around soccer and cheerleading, but outside of school and sports, she enjoys spending time taking pictures, being outside, and hanging out with her friends.
Unsure of which university she will attend after high school, she is excited to see how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the final year of high school “given the circumstances the world is currently facing”.
So what about if Kenzi is a high school graduate during the pandemic? She shares some thoughts below:
Kenzi | Green Mountain High School: What Parents Should Know About High School Seniors During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Jayla is a senior at Arvada High School. Her passion for sports knows no bounds: She is part of the softball, soccer and basketball teams, but she is more than an athlete – outside of sports, she strives for positive change in community and culture at her high school in terms of community and culture with the help of her Colleagues. Outside of school, Jayla enjoys spending time with family and friends, but due to the pandemic, she mostly spends her free time walking her family dogs or watching her favorite show on TV.
Despite the pandemic, real world pressures have begun to weigh on teenagers like Jayla. Here’s what she asks parents to deal with a hectic life as a teenager:
Jayla | Arvada High School: What Parents Should Know About High School Seniors During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Ethan is a senior at Legend High School. This year has been strange for him, to say the least, given the coronavirus pandemic. Although he says distance learning isn’t really good for him, he’s grateful for the way Douglas County has handled the crisis to keep people safe.
But just like everyone else in the world, teenagers feel overwhelmed, and Ethan wants parents to see that everyone is trying to deal with it as best they can. See what he has to say below:
Ethane | Legend High School: What Parents Should Know About High School Seniors During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Alexander is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School. He describes himself as a sociable man and someone who likes to make people smile and have a good time. Outside of school, he enjoys spending time with his friends, and loves to go outside and play sports – and he says that thanks to his positive, half-full glass attitude, he “was able to overcome many of the difficulties that existed is in occurred over the past eight months. “
Loneliness is on the minds of teenagers too right now, considering how sociable most of us are in high school, and Alex shared some of the smaller things teenagers are missing out on during the pandemic:
Alex | Thomas Jefferson High School: What Parents Should Know About High School Seniors During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Seniors in the Front Range give hope before graduation
It’s not just Kenzi, Jayla, Ethan, or Alex struggling with teenage life during the pandemic. For many children at Jefferson County Schools, it is not only the loss of social life that affects them, but the loss of learning due to the constant switching between personal, hybrid, and distance learning models.
While the JeffCo, Denver, and Cherry Creek Schools have begun bailing out students again, reminiscent of the academic year, Douglas County is postponing the return to face-to-face learning until February 8th.
And students aren’t sure if life milestones like prom and personal graduation ceremonies will happen as planned.
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Editor’s Note: Are you a high school senior trying to make it through the pandemic and would you like to be part of this project so your voice can be heard too? Email me at [email protected] and let’s chat! The Denver7 360 stories cover different sides of the topics that matter most to Coloradans, and different perspectives are included so that you can get an idea of the topics for yourself. To comment on these or any other 360 stories, email us at [email protected] You can find more 360 stories here.