By Adam Hartley
Fenton Area Public Schools superintendent
The Class of 2020 will remember their senior year as a year cut short by a pandemic, where the last few months were spent learning online and waiting to see what graduation and prom might look like. No group of seniors should have to go through what our seniors did and we would like to commend them for their resilience and perseverance.
As the 2019-2020 school year came to a close, Fenton Area Public Schools, and other school districts within the tri-county area, were creative in recognizing seniors and working within the Executive Orders to make sure each graduate received their diploma. In the end, the Class of 2020 celebrations were impacted by outside factors such as laws, state restrictions and expert medical recommendations, keeping our seniors from celebrating in ways past graduates were able to enjoy. We would like to not only congratulate our seniors, but let them know how proud we are of how they navigated through the challenges they faced.
The Class of 2020 will experience more challenges in their lives and barriers will be placed in front of these young men and women as they move forward in life. Hopefully, the Class of 2020 can look back to this time of uncertainty and realize they learned the skills of adaptability, resilience and perseverance, while continuing to work toward the goal of graduating from high school.
On behalf of the Fenton Area Public Schools Board of Education, administration, teaching staff, and school community as a whole, I want to congratulate the Class of 2020. Whether they are heading to college in the fall, building a career, or taking a year off, the Class of 2020 will be ready for whatever life throws their way. Always remember the words of Dr. Seuss, “Only you can control your future.”