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Marcus High School Senior Voices

Hear from our Seniors!

Senior Voices

With school buildings and facilities forced to close due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we asked some seniors to share their thoughts and opinions on their senior year. 


Julia Ariyo

Black History

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Learning about black excellence and volunteering with my friends. 

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

It just shows that nothing is guaranteed and we should learn to make the most of what we have when we have it. 

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Friends I made and teachers who have impacted me!

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mrs. Sistrunk, Miss. Young and Coach Pena. 


Aynslee Barber

AVID Student Leadership, M.E.D.S. Club officer, SAG, NHS, HOSA

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

I enjoy that we get to be surrounded by the people who we know will contribute as much to the purpose of the club as we do because we are all equally invested in the club and its purposes. It’s nice to be surrounded by people who want to advocate for the same things as you.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I hope that we all can learn that we shouldn’t ever take anything for granted. We never knew that half-day was going to be our last day as a student at MHS and it’s heartbreaking. Most of us were so excited to leave, and now we want to come back. I just want us to understand that things don’t last forever, things come and go, which is why it’s important to cherish the time we have now.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory is probably the freedom of being a senior. I had a rotations class and it was nice to be able to drive to the career center and back and maybe grab a bite on the way. I will always remember what it felt like walking down the halls in MHS. It’s confusing because every hall looks alike, but it was also home.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

I have seen others become such uplifting spirits in our community. I have seen people helping others when they need it the most. Our teachers have created the best possible learning scenario for all students and that is something that does not go unrecognized.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mrs. Scarbrough. She always pushed her students and believed in them. She was always rooting for us and met us where we were at. She adapts to every student and hears what we have to say. She has taught me how to persevere and also how to have fun when it gets tough.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I want them to see us as a class that got their time short, but came together and made the best of it anyway. I want them to see that no matter what happens, we always come back together because we are a family. We are one. I want them to see that we were sad and broken about our year, but I also want them to see how we recovered and reunited. 


Ethan Barr

Football Team (Captain), Basketball Team

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

My favorite part is just getting to compete with your best friends and create relationships that you will have your whole life.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I hope my classmates will learn how to respond to change and become comfortable being in uncomfortable situations. Our lives are about to have extreme changes going to college, so honestly this is just like a warm-up for our future.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory was football season and I will always remember the friends I had in high school.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

People have been doing their part by social distancing, and I think it can make relationships closer considering you have to go out of your way to talk to someone, since we can’t see our friends every day. The community and all around the nation has been very strong and encouraging to those helping the ones in trouble.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Coach Atkinson, he helped me reach my goals of playing college football, always had my back and encouraged me through tough times.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope people remember this class as a class that changed things, that made Marcus a better place and something to be proud of. 


Josh Benoist

Baseball

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

It is a group of guys who always have my back and I can always count on. We have worked hard together for the last 4 years, and everyone on the team is like a brother to me. I was so excited for our senior season and we had really high hopes for our final year.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I think that everyone benefits from challenges, and this is no different. I definitely will not take things for granted anymore, because I now know that anything can be taken away in an instant.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite senior year memory was going to California with the team. It was an amazing experience and I’ll never forget it.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

I’ve seen more people posting supportive messages and uplifting things on social media than ever before. Everyone is trying to work together to get through these tough times.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope that the work ethic and leadership that our class has will not be forgotten. I hope that our class will serve as a lesson to help the future classes realize how special high school is and how quickly it can end. 


Landon Bradley

Tri M Music Society, Dually Noted Acapella, JCL Latin Club, Rotary Club

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Being involved with people who care about activities as much as I do.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

My whole life I’ve believed that conflict builds character, and my hope for the class of 2020 is that we come out 110% better than we were before. Better people, better friends, and better students.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memories come from spending time with my acapella group, and my directors. Whether it was getting Starbucks before musical rehearsals with Mr. Howard during an acapella competition, or singing renaissance men with my boys while trying to act like a king. The best ones are when you get to be yourself with the people you care about, and luckily for me I get that feeling every time I enter the choir room.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

I’ve seen tons of drive “parades” for birthdays and gifts as well as my own acapella group hosting Webex meetings 3 times a week.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

The 2 teachers that have impacted my life are without a doubt my choir teachers Mr. Davis, and Mr. Howard.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope we are remembered as a class that didn’t give up, and always kept swimming. 


Amanda Brown

German Honor Society’s German Club

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

I love being a part of German club, because it gives me a way to stay connected with past class members. It is a good way to continue to keep German in my mind and practice it when we do club activities. It helps make me feel a part of something important and gives me a reason to visit my favorite teacher. I also have a love for the German language and culture, so when I participate in the activities and help run the fundraisers, I enjoy it very much.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

While I think the last semester was a hard one for a lot of seniors, I also think it was a good chance to learn how to be responsible with online classes and how to be prepared for things one may encounter in college or being an adult. Many times in life one runs into issues that include a low supply of money, natural disasters, or shortages of products, even if one lives in a well off community. That is why I think this time of difficulty was one that can be learned from. I hope others have or will have learned that it is necessary to be, and learned how to be sufficiently prepared.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

I will always remember that my teachers were ready to help anyone and everyone who needed it. They had a desire to give freedom to the students while still helping them learn how to be responsible with that freedom. They felt for the students and tried to help them know that they can endure difficult challenges, and they can be responsible even during hard times. 

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

I will always remember the amazing pep rallies, band, cheer team and dance/drill team. I will never forget their amazing effort and matchless accomplishment in practicing and performing in the sport and art they love. I will also always remember this last semester of online school and everything that we missed as well as everything we have gained in knowledge from it.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

I have seen my teachers struggle to transition to such a more difficult way for them to teach, and then still successfully teach me sufficiently without being overbearing. I have seen my community, friends, and church leaders come together to set up online calls with each other to stay connected and reach out to those who need that social connection. I have experienced the kindness of others dropping off gifts when the pandemic first started and I have also had the opportunity to be the giver, such as when I was able to assist in dropping off goody bags to elderly amnesiac folk to cheer them up during this time of distancing.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Many of my teachers have impacted me greatly and I could not say one impacted me more than another, just in a different way. I feel Mrs. Jarboe, Mr. Bonsack, Ms. McDonald, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Riding, Mrs. Stacy, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Thornock, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Karchaske, Mrs. McColour, Mr. Kelly, Mrs. Lawrence, Mrs. Bellevue, Mrs. Reyburn, Mrs. Felan, Mrs. Strauss, and many more of my teachers have had amazing impacts on my years of growing up and they have shaped who I have become and am becoming.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope people and history remember this year truthfully, as one where things didn't go as planned, where other things were missed, many things were canceled, and many people reached out as the difficult situation progressed. I want it to be remembered with a laugh and with gratitude for our freedom to come and go places when we please, to visit people we love, and to be a social society. 


Bostyn Burris

Baseball

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

I just love playing the game and being a part of the baseball environment.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

Just to know that nothing is ever guaranteed, no matter how hard you work for it.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Going to California with the baseball team and getting to play the top teams in the country.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

Staying in contact through WebEx and Zoom.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mrs. Frenzel is my AVID teacher and she has been a huge part of the reason as to why I am where I am today.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

The ones who had everything taken away in the blink of an eye. 


Michael Stanley Carignan

Football (Captain)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

What I enjoy the most about being a part of my team is that I have built a bond with my teammates that can’t be broken!  

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

We will grow from this because we are already focused on the real world and being independent. 

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory is beating Flower Mound and Lewisville. I will always remember the football season we had and the coaches and teammates that I did it with.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

We adapted to the situation and have been using our technology in the best way possible. So, if we need help, we can give our teachers a call.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Coach A impacted me the most because he taught me how to act like a man and that the right way is the cool way.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I just hope they realize that if they were in this situation they would be upset that they never got to see their classmates again. 


Ayra Charania

United Sound (President), Marcus Orchestra (Secretary), Philharmonic Orchestra (Concertmaster), The Marquee (Copy Editor), Science National Honor Society (Officer), UIL (Science, Math, Editorial, Current Events)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

One of the things I enjoy most about being part of the clubs I’m in is that I can meet such a diverse group of people. Through working for our newspaper, I have been able to hear fascinating stories from our student body and give them the attention they deserve through writing about them in the paper. This year, I’ve had the honor to work with students going through extraordinary circumstances and achieving amazing accomplishments, whether that be having family living in Hubei province where the coronavirus outbreak started, winning multiple regional sport awards, or starting an organization dedicated to raising awareness of world issues. Additionally, within orchestra, I am given that same privilege to connect with others but through making music together. Every rehearsal, we get to perform together and create one unified sound.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I hope that through this experience we grow by acknowledging that the pandemic can’t change the bonds we’ve created these past four years. All of the memories we’ve had at our respective high schools can’t be taken away. Every friendship we built, every achievement we’ve earned, every success we reach is still significant and important, even if we can’t celebrate it in person right now. As we continue to deal with this pandemic, I hope we all pat ourselves on the back for how strong we’ve remained throughout it and how much we’ve achieved. 

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

During this pandemic, I have been amazed by how our school community has risen to the occasion. I have watched fellow students place their efforts in helping others by sewing face masks for their friends who are still working. I have watched my peers help deliver groceries to immunocompromised households. I watched my school newspaper manage to collect ourselves together to publish a full issue from home so we can reveal these amazing stories to our student body. Additionally, I have seen many teachers work their hardest to keep every video lecture as engaging as they can, make each lesson meaningful and insightful, and prepare us for future coursework.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Throughout my high school years, my AP chemistry teacher, Mrs. Hutley, impacted me the most. Mrs. Hutley not only helped me discover how passionate I was about STEM but constantly piqued my curiosity. Every lecture she gave went beyond the content of the AP test, exploring every fascinating application of the concept we were learning. She not only helped guide me in deciding what I want to do in the future but taught me to always dig deeper. 

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope history remembers the Class of 2020 as persevering. We refused to let a virus stop us from being proud of our accomplishments. We instead adapted to it. We continued to work hard from home and follow social distancing guidelines in order to ensure the safety and health of our community. We continued to celebrate each other throughout the pandemic, though at a distance.


Anna Cliff

American Sign Language Club: President, MHS Choir Program: President

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

My favorite part of being involved in these organizations are the interactions I have with my peers. Organizations bring students with different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs together with a common love for a subject, passion or whether it be for a minor interest. From the social events my officers and I hosted, to the many concerts we participated in; understanding, loving and embracing these groups is what brings us together. I’ve met my best friends in these programs, and what I want to do with my career. My teachers have taught me to follow my passions and to care for others during the process, and I have enjoyed their mentorship throughout my high school career.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

Over the past year our teachers stood beside us and encouraged us as we found ourselves through our high school journey. Our teachers taught us, supported and molded us into who we are today. No student pictured the last quarter to end with missed experiences and without saying goodbye. However, we all contributed to our Senior year; I hope that the Class of 2020 and I can remember the situation and how we made the best of it during this time, and in the future.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

On the last day of school my third period class watched Frozen 2 together. We were able to lip sync our hearts-out, and were reminded there were people testing in the rooms next to ours. The day before we took our midterm and we were relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. It was a great experience to laugh and bond with one another in person for the last time. Even though I can not be with others at the moment, I will always cherish how I genuinely laughed with my friends and enjoyed our time together.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

I have never seen people use technology more than I probably have in my life. The amount of Zoom, WebX, or FaceTime meetings I’ve been on has skyrocketed since Lewisville ISD switched to online school for the end of the semester. I’ve seen multiple people see what they can experience: virtual proms, online baby showers, and classroom calls to talk to one another. Besides technology, my friends and I have reached out to each other with letters. It’s been great to see people now have time for a simple, thoughtful, yet forgotten way of communication. I have been reaching out to family members that I haven’t had the time to check up on, and it’s been great to talk to one another, and to connect and relate to this pandemic which has brought us all together.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Over the past two years, my American Sign Language (ASL) teacher has shaped me into the person I am today. When I signed up for ASL I was only expecting to earn a language credit; I didn’t expect to appreciate a new culture and language, and I certainly did not think I would want to be involved in it for the rest of my life. She has been a motherly figure in my life, and is one of the wisest people I know. She cares about every single one of her students, and is respectful of others and their opinions. She has not only shaped me as a student, but as a person. In the future I hope I can influence others in the positive way she has influenced me.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope history remembers the Class of 2020 as the class that found hope and enjoyed their time as a senior, even though it seemed like it was all taken away. I hope history will remember how we were part of social distancing and how we “flattened the curve”. I hope we look back on virtual proms, the little notes we received from each other, and how we flattened the curve because we cared for others' health more than experiences we could have had. I hope history remembers us as the class that did what they had to do, so others could have what we didn’t have the opportunity to have: the class that eventually made the negatives into a positive experience. 


Joshua Condon

Basketball

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

It was a brotherhood. Everyone looked out for each other on and off the court. I was able to play my senior year with my friends that cared about winning. Was able to be part of a team that made the playoffs for the first time in five years.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

Hope everyone becomes closer with their family and what matters most outside of basketball.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Everything basketball has brought me. A true family. From the wins to the losses. From the long bus rides and the team dinners. Everything made us stronger as individuals.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

Being there for each other even though we aren’t face to face.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

All of my high school coaches. From freshman year to senior year, every single coach cared for us. 

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

We grew from difficult times and overcame it. Nothing can truly stop us. 


Ellie Grace Conley

Marquette Drill Team (Head Service Officer)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Meeting so many people and getting involved in the community.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I hope that everyone has become their own individual selves, and not focus on others opinions!

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My best friends and performing at football games.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

Communicating virtually.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Ms. Rayburn because she has always inspired me to be myself, and perfection isn’t important.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

How positive we are. 


Jasmine Nicole Coupland

Circle of Friends (Officer)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Being able to see the kids everyday and watching them grow. Everyone is so kind and welcoming and everyone always has a smile on their face :)

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I hope that we will grow from this experience by now.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory from senior year was the first day to school and I will always remember Mr. Poe holding the ID sign in the commons

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

Staying inside and becoming an essential worker

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

My counselor Mr. Wilhite

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope we will be remembered as the class that finished strong but different from everyone else


Collin Douglas Cross

Track

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Being able to stay in shape and capitalize on my strengths.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

Learned about where we came from and how important family has been in our lives.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory about high school was joining the cheer team and putting myself out there in a different aspect than I had ever been in before.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

Friends are all helping each other out through this by giving not just emotional support but physical support as well

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Coach Telaneus and coach Reinberg. They held me to a level of expectation that helped build me as a better athlete and a better person as well.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope everyone remembers us as the class that made it through the tough time strong and will never be forgotten. 


Hunter Davis

Baseball

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

The brotherhood and how we are held to a higher standard.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

We have learned a lot. We learned to never take anything for granted, it can be taken away in a heartbeat.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Going to California with Marcus Baseball

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

We stopped hanging out and became extra careful

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Coach Sherman and Coach Williamson helped me with baseball and made it possible for me to play in college.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope they know that it was hard but necessary. 


Ty’son Edwards

Football (Captain), Black History Club

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Words honestly can’t describe the opportunity and the brotherhood that was formed. I loved everything about my team on and off the field as a lot of us are hardworking individuals who don’t strive for average.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

Adversity is probably the main topic in this world today as all of our daily lives have changed and we have to still continue to be successful despite the circumstances. It will help us become stronger people and learn not to take anything for granted.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My senior would have to be winning the rivalry games and district championship. Throughout high school I will never forget the long journey and the experiences that I went through to get to where I am at today.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mrs. Brininstool as she taught me a lot of ideas that I wasn't familiar with and helped me open my eyes up to the world.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

That we were able to overcome adversity and it is difficult to not finish out your senior year as it is a year full of memories and some of the best times of our lives. 


Emma Eidmann

AFJROTC (Squadron Commander as a Cadet Captain)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

What I enjoy the most about being a part of AFJROTC is the bond that grows between cadets. I have been able to learn so much from others who are both older and younger than me. I also love my leadership role because I am able to help cadets become better versions of themselves and get involved in the community. Nothing is better than watching people grow and thrive.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I hope that myself and others grow to become more independent while taking online classes. Having to depend on yourself to get stuff done can be difficult, especially in times like these but I see it as preparing myself for college where I will have to be self-reliant. I also hope others view our last year, not as a let down but learn to appreciate all the love and support we have received and given to others.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory from my senior year will always be decorating the ROTC room for the winter holidays. It really made everyone get into the holiday spirit a few days before we marched in the parade. There was so much joy and excitement in the air for the end of the semester as we all laughed and chatted. In every year of high school I’ve been able to make new friends and it is definitely something I will remember. The bonds made in each class between students are always different but it is always special when the whole class comes together as one.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

One way I saw the staff rise to the occasion during the pandemic was checking in on students and doing their best to make this year memorable for seniors. I know it is especially tough for them to think of ways to make students feel special without seeing them but it really made my day when I went to pick up my cap and gown and the staff had signs and were waving at everyone.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

I think the teachers who impacted me the most throughout my school years were the AFJROTC instructors, Ret. CMSgt Salinas and Ret. Maj Szucs, at Marcus. I might be a little partial having spent 4 semesters with them but within those 4 semesters they helped shape me into a better cadet and student, one who is involved in the community. I couldn’t be where I am today without AFJROTC, and that means I couldn’t be here without them. They presented me with opportunities I couldn’t find elsewhere. I look forward to visiting them and MHS next year!!

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope the class of 2020 isn’t remembered in pity or sadness, but rather remembered as a symbol of encouragement for all the students who also are affected by the pandemic. Everyone is giving it their all to make it through to the other side and it should be celebrated when we finally do. 


Emmanuel Fasanya

Black History Club (Communications Director)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

I felt a form of unity to where you could be yourself and feel free. Black History Club was somewhere you always knew you were going to have fun and I enjoyed that a lot.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I think we should not take things for granted. The most important things in your life can be taken away in a blink of an eye. That’s why we should cherish every moment with each other because we never know if it could be our last. 


Isabella Lillian Fortino

Marquettes (Senior Lieutenant), NHS, NEHS, Mu Alpha Theta

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

The unique sense of belonging is most cherishable to me while being a member of these organizations. Within each group, we all are bonded with a shared identity, but individually we are all so diverse. I cherished making new friends in each club or team. The way we always united in front of our community made me take pride in my organizations. Whether it was a performance, community service, or just walking around the city, I knew that I was a part of a distinguished group that followed higher standards and morals.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

When the time was unexpectedly taken off my last semester of high school, I was genuinely heartbroken. I could not stop thinking about the perfect picture in my head of how I expected my final moments. Things I dearly loved were robbed from me before I could even whimper a goodbye to them. Although I am still saddened by the end coming this quickly, I have hope in myself and the class of 2020 to arise. I have unhindered courage that pushes me to give my all without knowing how it will all come together. Without a doubt, this unfortunate situation has only left me and my peers stronger. I realize that nothing is guaranteed in life, so the only thing you can do is to live each day to the fullest and hold on to each moment while you have it.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite moment I had during my senior year is undoubtedly the time I was awarded first place overall with a perfect score on my dance solo at my final competition after ten years. The competition then had me perform at the end of the day during the awards in front of hundreds of people. The Marquettes were cheering me on and took so much pride in me. The feeling was truly surreal and encouraged me to strive for continual progress. The amount of growth that had occurred during my high school years astonished me. High school was a place where I learned exactly who I want to be and who I am. I realized always to be true to myself, and happiness will follow. Truly the memories I have made at Edward S. Marcus have left me with unwavering joy.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

The consistent optimistic attitude has been displayed by my classmates, staff, and community. Although this situation is unexpected and saddening, our community keeps giving me a reason to smile. Through the generous hearts of the staff, listening to all of our voices asking questions, they kindly give us answers. There are a lot of unknowns right now, but they reassure us that the school is doing everything they can to provide us with little pieces of our senior year back. I sincerely appreciate their sympathy for the class of 2020 and the extra miles they are going to keep us smiling. 

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mrs. Alice Dack. She has molded me into the strong-willed person I am today. Since the first moment I met her, I admired her enthusiasm and graciousness. She set the standards high for the team and I to follow; this has pushed me always to be the best version of myself. Mrs. Dack listens to me and grants me her wisdom with her advice. The biggest compliment she has given me was that I was a mini-me of her when she was my age, but the version she wanted to be. Mrs. Dack made me feel loved and belonged through my high school years, and I could never thank her enough.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope that history remembers the Class of 2020 as resilient. After all we have lost, the memories that we were not fortunate enough to make, love will still find us. We will always be optimistic. We will ever arise. Undoubtedly, we all will succeed, and our journey will continue. 


Reed Gallant

Mu Alpha Theta, Baseball

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

The brotherhood I had in baseball was unforgettable. I would put anything on the line for those guys and they would do the same.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

Just not taking anything for granted. Live every day to the max.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Going to California for baseball and experiencing it with my team.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

A lot of the senior baseball players have taken it upon themselves to look out for the underclassmen during this time and make sure they're doing fine and being safe.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mrs. Brinninstool was a great teacher who really made me want to learn and get better throughout the school year. Every lesson was engaging and fun.


Blake Harmon

Varsity Baseball

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Everyone pulls for one another and it is a brotherhood.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

Appreciate the little things in life.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Going to California

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Coach Jeff Sherman


Zach Hudson

Baseball, Marcus Student Council, Math Honor Society. 

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

I think I enjoyed the most about being a part of Marcus Baseball was that no matter what happened I had a second family that would take care of me.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

From this experience I have learned not to take anything for granted. Do everything like it’s your last chance to do it.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory of my senior year was the California trip I was able to take with the baseball team. I will always remember the friends who treated me with respect.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

Many guys on the baseball team have taken this time to get better and look at it as an opportunity to make yourself better.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Coach Fuel

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

The class that never finished how they planned to. 


Samuel Donald Hunt

Baseball

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

The brotherhood that comes with Marcus baseball is something I’ll never forget. The friendships made will be with me forever

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

Never take anything for granted. Any at bat could be your last.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Going to California with the baseball team.


Garrett Austin Karbs

Senior Class President, Varsity Soccer Captain, Student Council, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National English Honor Society

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Being a part of these groups allows me to build relationships with students that I otherwise would not have been able to meet. The memories I have from these organizations are what I will always remember about high school, and they are what made each day of school special. Soccer allowed me to feel as if I was a part of a family within my school. While, Student Council and the honor societies allowed me to serve my school and my community.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

When we walked out the door for spring break, none of us expected it to be our last day of high school; however, this experience will teach us to not take anything for granted and make the most of every day.  My favorite memory from senior year was most definitely competing in Mr. Marcus. All of the guys were hilarious and tons of fun to be around.  The guys made the practices, the pep rally, and actual performance a highlight of my senior year.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Marcus High School has shown all of the students, the seniors especially, so much love. 

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

They are doing everything in their power to make our senior year special even though it is out of the ordinary. From the graduation signs, to virtual memory boards, they have made sure that we know we are cared for and are not being forgotten.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

My Calculus teacher, Kelly Sudderth, impacted me the most. She is extremely caring and passionate about the subject she teaches, and this rubbed off on me every day. She pushed me to work harder, and I always left her class with a smile. I also loved how she would participate in spirit days and support her students at homecoming and sporting events.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope the Class of 2020 will be remembered as more than the Coronavirus. My classmates and I will step into our future with an idea of what it takes to persevere through adverse times, and because of this we will be able to change the world. The Class of 2020 will be remembered as a group who can handle whatever life throws their way.


Will McGuire

Baseball

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Being able to call every single person in the organization family, and always having people there for you

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

Learn to never take anything for granted and live like everyday is your last

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Going to California

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

Being strong

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Coach Sherman helping me with baseball but also life

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

The best class to ever come through 


Catherine Ann McKisic

Student Advisory Group, AVID

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

I enjoy being a member of Student Advisory because I get to have a voice and share my opinions about our school, along with ways to improve it.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I hope we can all learn just how important technology can be, and how much of our future will be centered around it. One thing I hope everyone realizes is how much our teachers genuinely care about us and want the best for us.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory from Senior year would have to be all the business projects we worked on in Coach Dion's class. We filmed commercials, How-It's-Made videos, made fake companies; it was always so much fun. The thing I'll remember most about High School was AVID, since it was the same people (for the most part) all 4 years and we all grew close and got to know each other throughout that time.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

My church has been giving meals to those in need for a few weeks now. It's awesome to see them spread God's love in such a giving way.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mrs. Frenzel impacted me the most because of how much she cared about me. She always believed in me and supported me in all my goals, especially going to college.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope history remembers us as being ready for anything. 


Jessica Mendoza

Athletic Training, Wrestling

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

The environment and people. They’re like family.

 

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Football season, getting to spend time with my Athletic Training family

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

The teachers have worked extra hard to be able to come up with assignments for us to do

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Coach A

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope everyone realizes that taking high school for granted is one of the worst things you could possibly do. Enjoy your time at school, even if you don't like waking up early or doing school work. 


Collier Mershon

Baseball

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

The culture. Never stop fighting till the last out is made.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

This has by far been the most impactful moment on our lives. We will make it through this, we can make it through whatever lies ahead.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Going to California for a baseball tournament this year. The lifelong brotherhood I have made with the guys in the program as well as the coaches. 


Jacob Minick

Football Team (Captain), Baseball 

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

For football, I enjoyed the hard work and time spent with my teammates. For baseball, my favorite time was going to California with the team.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I hope we all grow stronger through this adversity and learn not to take things for granted as nothings guaranteed.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Definitely the time spent having fun with my teammates, and going to Cali. That was awesome

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

Staying inside and staying safe

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mr. Marco Ramirez

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

Resilient and overcoming 


Matthew Minyon

Baseball

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

To learn from this experience. Enjoy what we have and live in the moment, because you never know when it will be taken away from you.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Going to California for baseball. 


Kaitlyn Nowak

MEDS club-officer, FNHS, NHS, Mu Alpha Theta

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

For all of my clubs as a whole: I love being provided the opportunity to serve my community. I have always done lots of volunteer work, but being able to show off all of my hard work in the community through these clubs is so amazing. I have also made many new friends and built strong bonds with those friends throughout the several years I have been in these clubs. It is so amazing to see everyone’s hard work and everything we have accomplished.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I think not only for me, but for many of us, we will never take anything for granted again. Speaking from personal experience, I know athletes have especially been hit hard by this. It is so hard to come to the realization that we will never see some of the most amazing and influential teachers and students ever again.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory from high school would probably be junior prom. I wish I could have has a senior prom:( However, I will always remember the last 9 weeks of high school because it was such an impactful experience.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

The staff and community has been very supportive throughout this pandemic. They have raised so much awareness for the graduating class and I am so thankful for them. The community and staff have put out ribbons and made signs and posted about us. It just shows how much they care for us.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mrs. Jordan has impacted me the most throughout my school years. She was my 5th grade teacher and also my brother's 5th grade teacher five years later. I grew extremely close to her while I was her student. She then started tutoring my brother starting at a young age because he needed some extra help outside the classroom. She grew close with my family and has been there for me through everything that has happened since 5th grade. I still talk to her all of the time and she was the first person on my invite list for graduation! Another teacher that has impacted me a lot is Ms. Leverett. She was my 6th grade English teacher. My first class of middle school was with her and I was the first class she ever taught as a teacher. She has seen me grow up and will forever be so special to me. I go back to Downing Middle School to visit her like ALL THE TIME. We talk about life, school, and boyfriends. She has taught me so much and I am forever grateful to have had her as one of my teachers.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

In the years to come, I hope that history just remembers how much the Class of 2020 went through. With being born in the midst of 9/11 and now graduating during a global pandemic. We have conquered so much during our 13 years of schooling and I just simply want that to be appreciated. 


Connor Patton

Marcus Clay Target Team, FFA

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Both of the organizations have very nice and welcoming people. I’ve devolved friends from both clubs. Not only friends with the students but also the mentors. I wouldn’t have chosen any other organizations to be a part of than those two.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I feel that this has proved that we are able to adapt to different requirements and work spaces quickly and we can handle challenges put in front of us.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Being in Ag classes. They were my favorite.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

The teachers and administrators offering signs for the seniors

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Melissa Barnett and Michael DePauw. They both helped me realize what type of career field I wanted to get into and if I hadn’t have had either of those teachers I wouldn’t have gotten into my career field. Also Miss Hughes, she showed me how to be a kind person and how to better myself.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

That even though there was a roadblock we still moved forwards with our lives as if it was normal. 


Brigit Reese

National Honor Society, English Honor Society, and French Honor Society (President) 

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

I enjoy helping out my community. In working with FNHS, we set up the first-ever French booth during the Marcus carnival. One of our members brought goodies and decorations directly from France, and we played a French game. It was a great experience that I got to share with the community and my fellow french friends! I am an ESD teacher after school, so I got to see many of my students at the carnival while we were running the FNHS booth.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

This final semester was quite challenging in many ways. I think we've all developed an essential sense of flexibility! The entire district was quick to adjust to online learning, and students continued to excel in their school work. Having time away from many of our peers, teachers, and community members have challenged us to find new ways of communication through technology. We've also developed newfound perspective, positivity, and unity in the face of adversity as we come together to celebrate birthdays, go to church, spend time with our friends, and support local businesses all remotely. Remarkable adversity leads to growth, and the class of 2020 exemplifies this.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory cannot be pinpointed to a single moment or a single day. I've made lifelong friends and learned a lot about the many wonders of the world. I will always remember the amazing teachers at Marcus, and the lessons I learned as I developed throughout high school. A fun memory is playing games in my AP classes after the test was over. It was always such a relief after all the stress of the exams was over.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

My community did an Easter Egg hunt where we decorated eggs to hang on the window. The director of one the cubs I'm in put together a Lovepacs food drive for the kids in our district. The Marcus staff adapted many senior traditions to an online platform. My favorite adaptation is the virtual senior wall. I like seeing my classmates' plans.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Minich, my freshman year Humanities teachers, gave me academic confidence to pursue higher-level classes throughout high school. I owe them many of my successes in High School. On the main campus, I had a strong bond with Ms. Lee, my French teacher, because I was drawn to the French language and culture. Mrs. Petkoff also impacted me tremendously. Even though I had her my last year of high school, she sparked my interest in political science.  

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope history remembers us as being truly resilient and positive! 


Ashlyn Robbins

Drill Team, Marquettes, 2-year Service Officer

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

I love being able to hang out with my best friends every day and support our school spirit as a team. Marquettes has given me the opportunity to learn from the most amazing directors and lead our school doing what I love most. Dancing throughout my 4 years has brought me more joy, confidence and excitement than I could ever imagine and I am forever grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and the friends I’ve made.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

While this time has been sad in many ways, I think this has definitely given the opportunity for many families to slow down and reconnect. This experience has made me realize how much we need to appreciate the little things in life and I hope that my classmates and I are able to grow closer to our loved ones in this time and cherish it as we are about to leave them and head off to college.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Personally, one of my favorite memories is performing as a Marquette at pep rallies. I will always remember the energy and how exhilarating it was to dance in front of the whole student body.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

One small but uplifting way I have seen many students come together to lift people's spirits during this pandemic is through social media challenges like posting your favorite memories or pictures in uniform etc. It is just a simple way to keep people’s mind off of everything and connect with your friends. But also, shout out to the teachers for taking their entire curriculum and turning it virtual.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Hands down Mrs. Dack, the Marquette director. She is the sweetest, most loving and kind human. Mrs. Dack has taught me more lessons than I can count and made me feel so loved on this team.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I just hope the years to come use the class of 2020 to remember the reason why they should appreciate the big things, the small things, and everything in between. 


Benjamin Alexander Roebuck

Baseball

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Everyone is always there for each other and we all love hanging out with each other.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I think we have all gotten closer with each other and we will all make a huge impact on others lives as the years go on.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Playing baseball with these guys and moving down here to experience this with these guys. They all accepted me and let me join the pack and I’ll never forget this.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

We’ve been on calls with each other and we all talk to each other all the time and keep in touch with each other so we can still be in each other's lives.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Coach Sherman because when I got down here he accepted me and brought me into the PACK. I just moved here so how I’ll remember this class at Marcus HS as one who let me come into this town and be welcomed. 


Tara Kaur Sachar

MOB (Executive Producer), Varsity Choir, Helping Halos (Secretary)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

In MOB I love creating stories and seeing the impact they have on the community. In choir and my acapella group I love the rush of the performances.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I hope that everyone has learned throughout this time that you don't need as much as you think you do to be happy and to also appreciate the special moments in life.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

I will always remember the journalism trips with Ms. Hale; Washington DC was my absolute favorite because we won second in the nation, got to see so many cool sights, and eat good food every night.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

I've heard the elementary school teachers going around town and saying hello to their kids and I just think that's the most wholesome thing ever.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mr. Gifford impacted me the most throughout these last two years, by constantly providing a safe place for me to work through my emotions and being there to guide me through some of the toughest moments in high school. I endlessly appreciate his unwavering faith in me and my abilities even when I couldn't believe in myself. 

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

Perseverant 


Riley Schmidt

Varsity Cheer (Captain)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

I love that the cheer program feels like a family. I have a constant group of people that I know care about me. I also enjoy being so involved with the school, from pep rallies to football games I love being involved.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I believe this taught everyone to cherish every moment because you never know when it is going to be taken away. It has also taught me how to have self-motivation to do my schoolwork.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory from senior year is getting to cheer at the playoff games. Cheering at the cowboy's arena was super cool. My favorite memory from high school was my sophomore year going to Europe with the school. It was my favorite memory I've ever had. It was an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

I love how the community has come together for the seniors. It is so sweet to see how much everyone cares for us and would drop anything for us in a heartbeat. The staff has been so caring to us. I can tell that they do care about us and will do anything to help.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

The teacher that impacted my high school career is Mr. Gillem. He was so impactful because you could genuinely see that he cared about his students. He would always push me to try harder and give more because he knew I could. 

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope they remember that this was a crazy time for everyone and it was not easy for anyone. I hope they remember how our school and community came together for each other. It is a very hard time for everyone, but it also showed how strong we can be. 


Aryan Sharma

The Hoop 4 Others Club (President/Founder) // Interact Rotary Club (Board Member) // Basketball (Student Assistant)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

The leadership skills I’ve learned over the years.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I think we will learn to appreciate our friends and loved one more, and just appreciate life more in general.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

When Marcus Basketball qualified for playoffs or when I hosted my charity basketball tournament at Marcus.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

The Marcus Instagram page has been posting consistently to give hope to kids at home.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mrs. Tracy Jennings

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

We should be remembered for our tenacity and developing the sense of community. 


Hannah Silensky

Circle of Friends (Officer)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Meeting new people, and always leaving the room with a smile on my face!

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

Seeing that we can/will overcome anything thrown at us, and that this next chapter will be even better than expected because we had to pass through a really tough time to get there.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory would be getting asked to Grand Ball, and I'll always remember "an ID around [my] neck.”

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

Over webex, my ASL teacher always asks us how we're doing, and has a normal/funny conversation after her lesson for the last few minutes of 'class'. It brings a sense of normality to what's going on.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

I've had a few, but my Algebra 2 teacher, Mrs. Houck is definitely at the top of the list. That class was definitely not easy for me, and she encouraged me to do my best and sat with me for many hours in tutorials showing me new ways to do something (even if it took me 30 minutes just to answer one question).

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope they remember us as the class that had the one of worst things thrown at us, but the strongest class for persevering and getting through it with our heads high. 


Reagan Elizabeth Starin

StuCo, MAO, English Honor Society

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

I am also an officer for meds club, Science Honor Society(membership coordinator), National Honor Society (parliamentarian), and a service officer for Marquettes.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

My favorite part about my roles within various clubs and teams is getting to be a part of something bigger than myself. Whether it be the trash bash for NSHS, the blood drive for M.E.D.S club, or my very own service project for Marquettes, I love giving back to the community. Having the privilege to lead and serve alongside my peers has enhanced my character and inspired me to be a better person. The growth gained through these clubs has made these past years extremely special and I will forever be grateful for that! I hope that our class will take this opportunity to grow by never taking anything in life for granted. So often we complain about having to get up in the morning to go to school or staying up late to do homework but now that it's gone we would give anything to get it back. My favorite quote is "in the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take"so now I challenge the class of 2020 to really take this experience and make the most of it. Go to all of the football games, finish your homework, thank your teachers for all they do because in the blink of an eye it could all be gone. Life is beautiful and it's important that we appreciate all of the gifts it has to offer.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory from senior year is our last day of school, even if we didn't know it at the time. It began with a midterm in medical assisting at Dale Jackson where my table group shared a breakfast of coffee, candy, and donuts. After I finished my midterm it was off to Marcus to practice Spring Show for the last time on stage for Marquettes. I will never forget the eerie sky transitioning from pitch black to monster raindrops as I got closer to Marcus. I walked into school looking like I had jumped in the pool and I practiced in wet clothes and dripping hair for my very last rehearsal. I will always remember the laughs I have shared with my friends through the school hallways, the late nights studying, the tears shed because of the end of the best years of my life, and the amazing people I have shared all of it with.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

LISD has done a very good job at rising to the occasion during the pandemic. They have updated families on the regular, waited to call anything off until it was evident that it was required to, and continued to provide aid to families who need food, help with technology, etc. The teachers have all been very understanding and the principles have been extremely uplifting in the weekly letters.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

To be honest, there is no way I could name just one teacher who has impacted me more than others. When I was little, I used to have a favorite teacher: Mrs. Greening from Bridlewood in third grade. However, as time continued I recognized the time and effort that my teachers had poured into their students. Some teachers that went above and beyond, in my opinion, include Mrs. Minich and Mrs. Jennings from ninth grade Humanities, Mrs. Popp and Mrs. Wilson from Junior year Humanities, Mrs. Hazelwood, Mrs. Dack and Mrs. Hladky, Mrs. Karbs, Mrs.  Sudderth, and Mrs. Petkoff. They have taught me so much about dedication, compassion, integrity, humility, leadership, and confidence and I am proud to say that I am a better person because of them.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

In years to come, I hope history remembers this as a story of perseverance. I hope that future generations get to learn about how their ancestors came together in a time of fear to lift each other up and spread love. There are many experiences that we have missed out on, but no other class has had the experience we have. I hope the class of 2020 leaves a legacy that will last forever, one that inspires hope and strength for years to come. 


Lauren Szlosek

Marquette, Student Council, NHS, Student Body President

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Being a part of such a large high school, joining both marquette’s and student council gave me a place right from the beginning of freshman year. Both organizations have given me so many amazing friendships, as well as role models that I will continue to look up to. As a student council officer, I am often included in the conversations for what senior/school events should be prioritized if rescheduled but I would always ask my friends their opinions. I realized in the end it’s really not the physical event that creates the memories we keep forever, it’s the people we are with. 

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

Going forward, I think we will all be just a little more thankful for the time we get to spend with our loved ones.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

There have been a lot of good memories but one of my favorites is when all the student council girls wore matching velour tracksuits during “Throwback Thursday.” We looked ridiculous but it was so much fun.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

I am really appreciative for how much all the teachers have been there for us throughout all the craziness. My mom is the HVE librarian and she is always talking to kids from her school. When the original announcement postponing school came out, the marquette directors, Mrs. Dack and Hladky called the entire team to check up on us, which I think we all really enjoyed.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

I am grateful to have had many wonderful teachers but I have to say Mrs. Karbs. She has always pushed me to be a better student and better student council member, and even at my most she has been there for me. I couldn’t have asked for a better Pre-Cal teacher, student council sponsor, or second mom.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope when people look at the class of 2020 they see our creativity and perseverance as we faced this historic time. There were a lot of ways we could have reacted but we kept our heads high and took every opportunity we could. 


Bailey Tadolini

T.A.F.E. (Chapter Officer)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

I enjoy the people who are involved. I love being an officer and helping those who need it. I love being able to be a future teacher and being able to help my students.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I hope my classmates are staying healthy and doing their best to finish strong. I know this will help me with my future being at college and doing online classes.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory has definitely been the football games and my T.A.F.E. competitions. I loved being able to go and compete throughout the years.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

Communication! Having teachers who are checking on the well-being of their students and having classmates check in as well to make sure I know what’s going on and helping one another.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Kimberly Watson, Amy England, and William Detrick

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

Strong students who took the worst but made it okay by being there and hopeful for senior events to still take place, like prom and graduation. 


Mackensie Turner

Choir (Vice President)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

The family aspect of the choir program is amazing and I’ve made some of my best friends in this program! Continuing to stay in contact which will help for when we go to college. 

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

Getting to be a part of an award winning show called the spitfire grill. hopefully we will still be able to perform it again for nationals.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

People are doing nice things for their friends such as leaving gifts on doorsteps and such.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mr. Howard!! He’s given me so many opportunities in the two years he has been at Marcus and has become one of my most favorite people ever.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

We gave up the best three months of our school careers to help stop the pandemic and even though we were sad, we made it and people are coming together to make things happen virtually to make the best of it. 


Arianne Elizabeth Van Der Stuyf

Crew, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Cosmetology

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Making new friends and memories and getting to be involved in different activities.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

That we will not take what we have for granted and we will cherish the memories we make.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory is Marcus football going to the playoffs. I will always remember the friends I’ve made and the times I’ve spent on the sidelines cheering on the teams.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

The things parents and staff members have been doing to try to make our senior year special.  

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

So many. Mrs Strauss, Poe, Wagner, Bohnsack, Porter (Dale Jackson), Wilson

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope they remember us as strong and brave for staying as positive as possible. 


Bryson Weeks

Baseball

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

I like how you get to compete with your brothers.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I think something that we all can learn from is that you can’t control something so you just have to do your best to get through it.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

California baseball trip.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

I have seen my classmates through fishing.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mr. Stoeberl

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope they don’t take advantage of the time that they have before them. We were devastated when we heard the news.


Mariah Wheeler

Marquettes Varsity Drill Team (Senior Lieutenant), Black History Club, Student Council, NHS

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

What I enjoy most about my team/clubs is that I can grow and connect with other people while making long lasting memories. I am constantly learning and becoming a better person in many aspects while making great friendships!

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I hope that my classmates and I grow from this experience by truly implementing the phrase “never take anything for granted” instead of seeing it as a cliche, and that live each moment forward embracing change. I also hope that we continue to see the value in spending time with loved ones and soaking in every opportunity given to us.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite memory from high school would be performing at home football games and going to playoffs, and I will always remember my fun classes and great teachers.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

I have seen my community rise to the occasion by spreading positivity through videos on the school’s Instagram, giving back to local businesses, and sending out thoughtful and encouraging letters.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

One teacher that has impacted me the most throughout my school years would be Mrs. Forthun. I had her for Pre-Ap English 2, PSAT, and AP Humanities, and throughout all of those she never failed to help me become a better person and student. She always encouraged me, looked out for me, and made my classes fun, interactive, and thought provoking. Mrs. Forthun was the teacher who had the biggest impact on how I see the world and helped me truly fall in love with learning. Her impact by always going above and beyond with her work and making me and other students feel special and important has shaped my life and the entire community of Marcus High School!

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope history remembers the class of 2020 as a class that always stayed strong and took life’s obstacles and challenges to make us better people in society. Even though we can’t physically be closer than six feet apart, we are closer and more united than ever before. 


Sarah Ann Wilson

Girls Varsity Soccer 

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

I enjoy the feeling of having a family and having people to reach out to at school. I love the way we instantly get close to each other and how loving we are with everyone. I love how we all work hard and always have a good chemistry with one another.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I hope that we will all enjoy the little moments from now on. That we won’t take anything for granted and that we will all try to soak up every second of the things we do no matter what it is. I also hope that we all have been able to grow in our relationships with our families.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school?

My favorite senior memory would probably be beating Coppell both times for soccer. I will always remember the amount of new friends I made during my 4 years and how welcoming the staff and my classmates were to everyone and everything.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic?

I’ve seen the way we have reached out to people online, started sharing our memories, giving needed things like food, toiletries to people who can’t get to those things.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Coach Miller has impacted me through my 4 years. She’s been by my side and has made me more mature, loving and overall happier. Everyday in soccer she’s made sure that every girl knows she’s loved by her and I admire that about her.

In the years to come, how do you hope history remembers the Class of 2020 and how you and your classmates reacted to this tough last semester?

I hope history remembers how determined everyone was to finish our school year but also how flexible we were with the impact COVID-19 had on us. We were all working with the staff and trying our best to make sure our year was finished out. We were all respecting everything going on and respecting our teachers with how hard they were working. 


Rebecca Wittek

FFA (Treasurer on the Officer Team)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team?

Not only do I get to learn about agriculture and what I love but I have gained so many skills overtraining to leadership, teamwork and communication.

The end of your final semester of high school has been unique, to say the least. How do you hope you and your classmates have grown, or will grow from this experience?

I hope that this teaches us all that anything can happen and you have to learn to live with it because you can’t change it. Battle of the Axe football game

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years?

Mrs. Barnett 


See more from the Class of 2020 by visiting the LISD Senior Spotlights.