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Lewisville 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.


Ysabela Abundis

French Club Vice President

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? Being able to learn and help others learn about the French culture.

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? Understand that time is short and memories are precious. Take advantage of what you have before it’s too late.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memories from this year were all the ones I spent with my mentees at Lewisville Elementary.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? A teacher that is no longer a part of the LISD District. Mr. Kevin Sluder, one of the biggest influences in my life on how to be a great musician and a great person.

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? Our time was cut short, we’re missing the best year of our high school careers but we’re ready to move onto bigger and better things.


Emma Arthurs

Swim (Captain), Circle of Friends (President)

 What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? The swim team was a place for me to represent my school competitively, but being the captain was an extremely gratifying part. Knowing I had others look up to me helped me mature to be aware of influence. Circle of Friends was the highlight of my week. Being around the kids made me extremely happy because they are extremely happy. Their love for life makes me appreciate how carefree life truly can be.

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 all grow in a sense we will learn how to handle situations better, and how to live in the presence better. We will value the little things in life more and the relationships we have with one another.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? One of my favorite memories is the first football game of the season. The student section was filled and there was so much pride among all of the students. I will always remember to value the relationships around me and the long maroon lime Lewisville connects me and my peers with.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? StuCo has done nothing but try to keep normalcy in our daily routine and I appreciate that. All of my teachers have worked effortlessly to create a sense of connections behind the screens and it doesn’t go unnoticed especially with exams coming up. LISD has also continued to provide students in need with resources so they can succeed and that’s a reason I love this district.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Robert Borenstein- He was my APUSH teacher last year and he always taught me that no matter how hard things get to keep pushing. He wanted us to see the end goal is much bigger than the hardships the journey can sometimes bring. He truly helped my love for learning develop 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 think we reacted well and took this as just another challenge to overcome. I hope that doesn’t go unnoticed and sets examples to people in the future.


Allie Barentine

Softball (Captain), Student Council, Presidents Club


What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I love just being a part of something. I’ve played softball for 12 years so being a part of the team was natural for me. I love being able to help my community through student council, and being able to help our feeder schools.

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 this experience will help us grow as people, to be better. I hope it brings us teenagers out of our thinking that we are “untouchable”. I hope down the line this will make us stronger as a class and as people.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory was senior sunrise just because that day was full with senior events and that day was just about US, it felt special. My other favorite memory was our first home game for softball, just me running out to my name getting called always gives me goosebumps.

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 still participate like our virtual spirit days on Twitter.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Mrs. Stamey and Mr. Moser have had a huge impact on my life throughout these years at Lewisville. Their door was always open for any student to come talk to, eat lunch with, anything and they gave great advice.

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 other classes look at it as a lesson. Go to every game, go to every dance, play every game like it’s your last. I hope we become better people from this experience and learn to not hold grudges.


Shanel Biscette

Basketball team: Captain, Unified Fit Club: Secretary, Track Team, Student Council, National Honors Society

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? What I enjoy most about being a part of a club or team is the bonds that are made during them. You meet new people and build friendships with people you would’ve least expected to. Being a part of those organizations helped me stay involved with my school and my community. It also helped me build a great reputation for myself.

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 everyone takes this experience as a life learning lesson and builds off of this in their future. Use these opportunities to get better at your craft, find out some new hobbies, stay productive, and just get ready for your next step in life.

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 would have to be getting closer with the kids in my Unified Fit club. They seemed to always put a smile on my face and make me laugh.


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 students still participating in the StuCo “Stay at Home” dress up days. Also I’m happy to see lots of students, especially us seniors, who are keeping our heads up during these heartbreaking 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?
In years to come I hope everyone remembers the Class of 2020 as strong individuals. Yes a lot of students have been affected by these hard times, but it doesn’t compare to how hard it’s affected us seniors. And the fact that we’re able to still keep a smile on all of our faces after knowing everything we’ve hoped and prayed for, these last 4 years, has just been ripped out of our hands and taken from us is incredible. We’re now on to our next journey in life and we just have to keep pushing forward and stay focused. I will say though, Class of 2020 is definitely one for the books!


Skyler Mana Boonme

HOSA, Drumline (Captains)

 What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? The adrenaline of competitions, and the friendships and second families that were created. As well the overall atmosphere of the program was the most enjoyable part of being a part of the LHS Drumline.

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 grow in finding new ways to learn and study, during at home learning. As well how to cope with these difficult times in a positive way, and have an enhanced love and appreciation for nature, their friends, and families.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory would be sitting at lunch with some of my best friends. I will also always remember the football games, going and competing at competitions, and all the friendships I’ve made throughout these four years.

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 many people create and share videos and messages to spread positivity and to rest assure that we would get through this together. As well a classmate is an EMT and is out there helping as many people as he can during this troubling time.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Mr. (Quiyan) Murphy, Mr. (Christopher) Agwu, Mr.(David) Kraft, Dr. (Marty) Courtney, Mrs. (Janice) Hatter, and Mrs. (Courtney) Haynes

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 in a positive light, and the losses we faced from the precious memories and traditions. Even though these are definitely not the worst losses we could have, they are still losses that we had to face.


Alexandra Canizales

Interact, HOSA

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? Getting to meet new people, creating projects, and helping communities.

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 was definitely a chance to realize how different life is for everyone in hard times. I hope everyone including myself gets a new stronger sense of unity and gratitude.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory is getting to be around friends and enjoying everything for the last time.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? By doing their part and staying home, donating masks and raising awareness for many of those not as fortunate during these couple of months.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Most likely, Ms. Stockard, Dr. Lancaster, Mrs. Pinkham. Mr. Cormack Coach Johnson and Coach Martinez. It’s hard to pick but each has always been a moment of positivity. They all had had a sense of calmness during their class 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? As unexpected as this was, I think people will definitely remember the class of 2020. When people think of high school they think of graduations and prom and the class of 2020 will always have a different memory of those events.


Ethan Carbajal

Varsity Soccer (Captain)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? What I enjoyed most about being a part of my high school team was the memories and friendships I created. I met my best friends on the soccer team and as the years progressed my closest friends within the team became more like brothers to me. Being able to play Varsity for 3 years was such a blessing because it allowed me to grow as a player as each year passed. Being able to compete with my brothers surrounding me was honestly one of the best things and I’m glad I chose to continue to play because soccer truly became a big part of my high school 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 hope my classmates learn to cherish every little moment we have in life because within a seconds notice it all could be taken away. None of us expected to be gone from school for the rest of the year when we left for spring break but that’s something that teaches us a lesson. A lot of us took the time we had for granted, including myself and we didn’t enjoy the moment of being seniors as we should have. I just hope that with these sad times that we’re going through, we use them as a lesson and prosper from the moment instead of dwelling on it.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite moment was clinching playoffs, from the beginning of the year I told my teammates every day that our end goal was to make it to the playoffs and compete for a state title. We hadn’t made the playoffs in the past 2 years, only missing out both years by a point or 2. So, knowing we clinched the playoffs before our season ended was such an amazing feeling that is hard to put into words. I will always remember our tradition of Hey Day, my friends and I always made it a point to go and have a good time and now that we’re graduating it’s sad to see we won’t be returning to it anymore.

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 my classmates uniting from a distance of course to make others in our class feel special. If one of our peers has had a birthday during this time, everyone has made it a big deal to drive by and leave him/her a gift to make them feel special. I’ve seen my community rise to the occasion by staying home and keeping their distance, I know it’s hard to not be able to really do anything but I believe my community surrounding me is doing an amazing job and I’m proud of them and all of my classmates for doing such a wonderful job to help flatten this curve.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Coach McCallum impacted me the most by always challenging me to be a better person whether it was on the field or off the field. He motivated me and always believed in me which is a big thing to have from your coach. Almost every day after practice I would go into his office and we would spend 15-20 minutes just talking about soccer and looking for different ways to help our team improve. Those 20 minutes really added up and I found myself having a deeper and better understanding of tactics in the game and it gave me a better eye to actually see everything out on the field. Without him I don’t think I’d be the person and the player I am. I’m truly blessed to have had a coach like him for 4 years.

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 we’re remembered as strong individuals because this time we’re going through has honestly been such a depressing one. At times I feel like I’ve accepted not going back to school and then there’s times where it hits me hard and I just feel at a loss for words because I won’t be able to finish my senior year the way I wanted. I feel like that feeling is mutual throughout all my classmates. We all saw how last year’s seniors had an amazing time so we instilled in our own heads that we would have an amazing time like them but with all this happening it truly is heartbreaking not being able to have our senior activities to make some memories to remember at the end.


Kaitlyn Chappell

GSA (President)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I enjoy leading meetings and facilitating discussions among our LGBTQ students and allies.

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 are learning a valuable lesson in adaptability. Things don’t always work out in our favor, so we play the cards we’re dealt and make the best of a bad situation.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory is Senior Night when all of the seniors went onto the field at the end of the game. I will always remember the friendships I made 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? Most of my classmates are doing a wonderful job at practicing social distancing. Our teachers are being extra understanding and helpful right now.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Mr. Borenstein, my APUSH teacher, impacted me the most in my junior year. He was a no nonsense kind of teacher, but he knew how to have fun in the classroom. I knew I could always go to him if I needed any support. His rigorous class taught me that hard work and focus pays off.

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 that they appreciate their senior years a little more in honor of us.


Taylor Dill

Drill Team (Captain)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? The thing I enjoy most about being a part of my drill team is all of the friendships I have made throughout high school. It has been such a blessing to make so many unforgettable bonds with so many amazing people. I’ve been taught countless amounts of life lessons from all of my friends. Each and every day, they all push me to be the absolute best person I can possibly be. I wouldn’t be the leader or person that I am today without my amazing teammates. I’ll never forget just how incredible each one of them is.

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? Something I hope each person takes from this incredibly disappointing time is that we all need to cherish the little moments. I’m sure everyone has said the sentence, “I don’t want to go to school today.” Now look at us! We all wish we could’ve spent more time taking in the last amazing moments in our schools. I hope more than anything that people realize how quickly something can be taken away from you, no matter what that may be. Take the time to realize all the things we’ve been blessed with and put those small moments of joy on a pedestal.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My most favorite moment from senior year, is the few minutes before my team and I took the competition floor before contemporary. We each took turns sharing the love we have for one another. There’s not many things more special than that. Something I will always remember about my high school is the amount of pride we have. There’s not a moment where I didn’t feel comfortable or loved at LHS. Going to school every day felt as if I was coming home to my family.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? Something I’ve seen happen is that our school is giving away free meals to those who are in need. During this chaotic time, there are many people who need to be provided with meals in order to stay happy and healthy. Another amazing thing many of my classmates have been doing is volunteering at food pantries to help out the community.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Throughout my school career, the teacher who has mostly impacted me is my director Kimberly Sheeran. She is one of the most inspiring, strong, and caring people I’ve met in my life thus far. Without her by my side, I wouldn’t be the leader I am today. She has taught me so many things about dancing and being a confident officer. The lessons I have learned dancing under her authority will never be forgotten.

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 strong individuals who have the strength to push through anything. Being a senior during this time is truly heartbreaking. Many of the memories we could have made are no longer available to us. I hope that future seniors realize the blessings they’ve been given because it can all go away in a second. This is all such a learning experience for everyone, and I hope those who read about this crazy time in history books later on in life know that we came out even stronger than before.


Emma Dollak

Varsity Softball

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? Game days and playing.

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 it makes us realize that nothing is forever and to enjoy it while it lasts.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory would have to be sophomore year when we beat Marcus 4-3.

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 are more understanding when everyone is stuck at home.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Dr. Lancaster. He is the best teacher I’ve ever had.

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 they never take their senior year for granted because April-May of senior year are the months you will always want for your senior year. 


Haley Dorr

Student Council, NHS, German Club (Vice President), and Delta Epsilon Phi (President)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I enjoy volunteering in my community, helping other students in my school, and learning more about the German culture.

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 grow and become even more mature than they already are, and I also hope that my classmates have learned how to overcome adversity.

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 watching all my friends get accepted to their dream college. What I will always remember about high school is my teachers. Every one of my teachers have made an impact on my life and helped me to become the person that I am today. I will always be thankful.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? I believe that everyone has taken on more responsibility and gained an appreciation for what they do have. The staff are working just as if not even harder to try and allow the seniors to have some of the traditional experience that come with senior year.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? The teacher that has most impacted me is Mrs. Barnes. She was my 6th grade teacher for MTA (Multi Teaching Approach) because I am dyslexic, and she was my 8th grade English teacher. Going into middle school I hated anything to do with English. Mrs. Barnes taught me to love reading and writing. She pushed me to be better and that no matter how hard it gets there is always autocorrect.

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 fighters because, despite how easy it would be to give up and blame our "failure" on the pandemic, we are all working harder than ever to do our school work, help support our families, and still find time to take care of ourselves.


Collin Joseph Erickson

Tennis (Co-Captain)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I enjoy the social atmosphere it forces me to be in. I also like being on the same team as my friends and then even playing with them on the court.

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? Well, personally I’m trying to grow to be better in some way. Whether that’s conquering my procrastination or learning something new. I hope people will maybe learn... anything, literally anything.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? I thought that it was really awesome that the school was still going to be offering food. That’s probably the biggest thing.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? I can think of a few but definitely my middle school band director, Mr. Cooley and then my junior year English teacher, Mr. Gonzales.

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? This is the class that survived.


Dillon Cade Flores

Baseball (Captain)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? Being the guy that everyone looks to get things going.

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 never take the game for granted

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? Hitting home runs and winning ballgames.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? Every guy on the team was staying in shape just in case we got to finish our season.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? My government teacher Coach Kelly

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 didn’t get to finish. I think everyone was ready to get out of school but I don’t think everyone was ready to not see their friends every day.


Micaela Gálvez

I am president of the Junior World Affairs Council, an officer in Orchestra, and I’m a member at large for NHS

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? The part I enjoy most is the community aspect, being able to network and form tight bonds, as well as give back to my community. Being able to feel the impact you have on others, and have that help your growth to becoming a better person, is so inspirational. I’ve developed a passion for volunteer work and find myself to be even more empathetic towards those around me over the years. I wouldn’t give up that experience for the world.

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 everyone was able to grow into a better person that they used to be. During this transitional period there is so much bad that could come from high school, and most students don’t have a certain... maturity level on certain aspects in life. However, I feel like being able to participate in a club is the catalyst many of us needed to evolve into a better person than we were yesterday. Constant growth, free empathy, loving spirits, all of that and more is what I hope people would have gotten from this experience. The world needs tender hearts now more than ever

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory from senior year has to be the football games, and the fun after-game dinners. I also loved the memory of being with my counselor and just talking to her. Something I’ll  always remember is the kindness I’ve felt, but most importantly I’ll always remember how much I’ve grown into a better person during this time.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? There is more sense of community now. So many people are trying to use their social media for good during these troubled times, and the staff is really making sure to check up on us. It makes us feel important. That’s lovely.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Honestly, Mrs. Ortiz is the one that comes to mind. There’s so so so many teachers and staff members that mean a lot to me (Mr. Champion, Mr. Greenwood, Ms. Ramirez, Mr. Gonzalez, Mrs. Kraft.....) but she’s the one that’s been *with me* the longest. I’ve opened up to her a lot and she’s helped me feel loved. She’s helped me see how strong I am, and I feel so comfortable around her too. Honestly, if it wasn’t for her my mental health would be in shambles. She’s helped me so much, and I know I’ll keep in touch with her after graduating.

 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’re remembered as a... caring class, I guess. I don’t know how much of an effect we had on the school, but I hope it’s positive!  But I at least hope people see that we were able to remain strong during this tough time.


Ryan Frehley Garcia

Student Council

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? The fun activities that we did.

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? Even though this bad experience impacted us negatively we were still able to be successful. It made us stronger. The next time a bad situation happens I know that will be stronger and be able to handle it positively.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite was being with my friends, joining the Student Council, and doing the fun activities that we did. I am hoping to see my friends again at the football games. Being Big John was lots of fun and helping the kids cheer up. To know that to never give up, to have fun, and to have a good time at an event. 

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Mrs. Stamey helped me to know to have fun and do your best in school. Some of the events were fun and hard but I had friends that helped me out and helped them out.

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 think we did our very best that we can do in and events that we did throughout the year.


Katherine Gonzales

Unified Fit Club (President)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? Seeing our athletes socialize, happy, being cheered on by all of our partners

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 recognize the impact we had in our second year of this club at LHS, and realize that it doesn’t end here!

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? I will always remember our school pride. Farmer Pride for me was what drove me, every event, administrators, custodians, lunch ladies, TEACHERS, every day felt like home.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? INCLUSIVENESS through screens, now more than ever, social media, and websites, new programs, everything has really taken me by surprise and I’m proud to see the progress.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Bailey Fry has greatly impacted my life through my years in 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 that in these days not only were we the future but also TODAY. That it wasn’t entirely about us, it’s about the lives saved, and affected, and about what’s next!


Jordan Hatter

Mu Alpha Theta, Band (Drumline Leader), Drumline (Cymbal Captain)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? What I enjoy most are the relationships you form in whatever organization or club you are a part of. Through all of my activities, I have definitely made lifelong friends who I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise. The people I have met in some of these activities are not my friends anymore, they are my family.

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 have grown by realizing that losing something that feels like a big deal to us at one point, is just a small thing we can do to help many other people. I was devastated when winter drumline was canceled, but with the new mindset I have grown into, canceling that activity may save many lives, which makes it okay.

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 award presentations at our winter Drumline competitions. I got to experience those with my fellow captains, who are some of my best friends. We would whisper things to each other which always made us smile; however, getting to receive the award recognizing us for our hard work, was the best part of it all. Then looking up at the rest of the cymbal line with the trophy was really special to me because I knew how much work my group at put in to make the successful end product.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? I had to celebrate my 18th birthday while practicing social distancing and some of my friends brought gifts and left them on my front porch which made me feel special during this pandemic. The staff has been keeping us updated and assuring us that graduation will still be celebrated in some way and somehow which has kept morale up for many seniors, myself included. Our community has found ways to make sure seniors still feel special and I believe that has made a huge impact on how people approach this pandemic.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Quiyan Murphy, the Lewisville High School percussion director, has impacted me the most throughout my schooling. He started teaching my older brother when he was in sixth grade, so I have known him or known of him since I was in fourth grade. When I joined drumline he made me feel included and important. He has taught me drumline stuff and how to be a better person. I don’t think I would have survived high school without a director like him who supported 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 they remember us to be the ones who could find positivity amongst this situation


Jeremiah Hudson

Presidents Club / Track and Cross Country captain

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I enjoy just being a leader and encouraging my teammates to be great and to work hard despite how good they are as long as you keep working you will get better overtime.

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 can just mature and grow up and just become like, responsible adults as we enter the new world

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? I will always remember the first time I ran cross country my junior year and when I worked so hard to be good and my favorite memory of senior year would definitely have to be committing to a D1 school for cross country and track

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Definitely Coach Moss and Coach Cook and Coach Stratton. They gave me life goals and just helped me become the man I am today. They helped me both in and outside of 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 they remember us as “the class that was quarantined.” And that we made it through some rough times.


Trinity Ijoma

Student Council, Student Body Officer

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? Student Council because we always strive to better our community, school, and the student body.

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 have grown to stay strong during tough times, and to continue to have faith.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory in high school was when I cut my foot open at a football game when we were playing Flower Mound, because of how fast my friends helped me and it was just a funny situation. I will always remember the relationships and bonds I have made with my friends and 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’ve seen people go out of their way to start donating more to food banks. I’ve seen people actually go out and help elderly people who are at higher risk. The whole community has just come together and supported one another.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Definitely Mrs. Stamey. She’s taught me life lessons and things that are imperative in college. Even though she tends to be tough on us sometimes, I know deep down that she truly wants the best for all of us. She wants to see us all succeed in life and go on to change 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? I hope they remember us by knowing that we still continued to serve our school and have Farmer Pride despite these troubling times.


Miranda Islas

StuCo, President's Club, Captain of Student Athletic Trainers

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? The thing I enjoy the most about being a part of the student athletic training program is the family dynamic within the program. I've met so many people and created so many friendships and memories that I will cherish forever. Despite silly drama, we all care for and support each other throughout 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 hope we all come out of this craziness stronger than ever. We've lost time with our friends we won't ever get back, but continue to push through it and find ways to connect with each other through social media, memes, and virtual meetings. I hope we all look back on this and learn to appreciate the "now" instead of what is going to happen in the future.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memories from senior year will definitely be the team dinners the trainers had before each game. I will miss eating and complaining together, cracking jokes before working the sidelines and supporting our Fighting Farmers. I will never forget the support I got from teachers during tough times like these, the friendships and memories created, and of course, the Farmer Pride shown throughout the entire community.

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 seeing the support from literally everyone. Neighbors helping neighbors, younger people helping elderly, teachers supporting students, students supporting students, strangers helping strangers. One of my favorite things I've seen is the senior adoptions. I really appreciate how adults are supporting the Class of 2020 just by sending them a little gift card, or basket, or delivering some sweet treats. It is so nice when others are understanding rather than saying, “Get over it!".

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 of perseverance, the class of strength, and just a class to look up to in general. Despite our last semester of high school not being as great as we hoped for, we pushed through and kept our Farmer Pride with the support of LISD staff, family, and each other.


Sasha Jennings

Tennis (Co-Captain)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I enjoy how we always are ourselves and there are so many personalities on the team. We all get along so well and whenever we are down, you know someone is always there to cheer you up. We have a special bond considering we’ve known each other for 4 to 6 years so we basically grew together playing this sport. Tennis is such a fun sport that you don’t overthink as much, and just have fun hitting the ball, although it can be very fun, it’s also challenging because it’s a mental game. You have to have stamina and endurance.

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 remember this moment and look back at it and think about how our senior year has been affected by this during one of the most important times, so I hope they will treasure when they get to do everything we couldn’t. It’s different when you’re the one that it’s happening to. My main thing is, I hope they can understand our point of view and grow by treasuring every year they have in high school, not just their senior year. You never know when things happen, and you could be the one affected.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? I couldn’t really pick my favorite memory, but I’ve had a ton. My first would be playing our all day tennis tournaments. I just remember the night before being so excited because I knew the next day there was no school, I get to play tennis, and have fun with my partner. My very favorite memory was when me and my team went to Galveston with Flower Mound. We had a very long car ride full of laughter, singing, and lots of sleeping. We spent a few days there, and enjoyed every second of it, going to the beach, playing tennis right by the beach was the best. But, the time I’ll never forget was during our most important match, my tennis racket just fell out of my hand and broke. My hands had been very sweaty and my racket decided to go to the other court. I was extremely embarrassed but I knew I would never forget that moment.

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 team do many cool things. We have been taking videos and sharing them online and encouraging everyone during this situation. We said some of our favorite memories and told everyone to keep their heads up during this time. This pandemic happened so quickly and came in one of the worst times, especially for the seniors. So, we wanted to spread some positivity to the seniors who are struggling the most because of this. My coach has been doing a great job asking us how we feel and really wanting to help us with anything we’re going through.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? The teacher that impacted me the most would have to be Mr. Fletcher. He was my Art teacher my sophomore year, he not only spent so much time with us but he took so much extra time with clubs, and asking how we feel every day. He wasn’t an ordinary teacher, he made our projects fun, he tried to do everything possible to make sure we were having a good day and enjoyed ourselves. I haven’t managed to find a teacher like him, he did above and beyond. He was not only dedicated but he was caring. I also love that he was goofy, he was just being himself and that’s why everyone loved him.

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 the Class of 2020 for being strong, and patient. I hope they understand that we were strong to go through this, we didn’t really have a choice, but we chose to be strong about this situation rather than being mad or angry at the situation. We also were patient, we understood and waited for what was next to come. We were patient with the news, and knew it was the worst news you want to hear as a senior, but we’re all going through it, it’s just a bit harder to grasp as seniors because it’s happened during one of the most critical times. The Class of 2020 is strong though, we will remember this for the rest of our lives, we know we’re special, and nothing can take that away.


SoYeun Katie Jeon

NHS (Vice President), StuCo, Interact, HOSA, Mu Alpha Theta

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I love being able to work with other members and officers especially in NHS to help others. All of this has ultimately helped me become a more organized and time efficient individual and learned to become more of a leader.

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? Even though our senior year got cut off short, I hope everyone continues to think positively and that we are officially done with high school. All our time and effort means something and got us all the way through and that we are officially starting our lives. This is the start to our future.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memories are my friends. I finally found myself with a strong friend group and we always went out to eat after school and hung out outside of school. I got close to so many people, especially at my work place too. I will always remember Mrs. Haynes and Mrs. Fieszel class. My friends and I always hung out, played cards, and ate our lunch in their rooms. We built a strong relationship with both of them and tell them everything that’s going on in our lives.

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’ve seen my friends through social media and online class. I’ve been talking to my close friends and playing games with them online on our own calls. Everyone is so supportive of each other and endorsing safety. Some friends have been coming over to drop off food, and we would just trade food or safety essentials.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? All throughout high school I never really had a close teacher. However, my senior year I got really close with my AP government teacher, Mrs. Haynes. I tell Mrs. Haynes almost everything about me and what's happening with my life, and she shares back. It’s really nice having a dependable teacher and just an adult I can always go to at 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 am not so sure but I assume people already consider us as the class that didn't get to be real seniors. Although I am upset I didn't get to go to any dances (I saved it all to go my senior year) or get to the senior events I hoped for but the fact we are done with high school and going to college is pushing my friends and I forward.


Brandon Jimenez

AVID (President), StuCo, NHS, Special Olympics

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? That it helps me get involved within my community and service those without asking anything in return. I also enjoy that I get to communicate and interact with several people I haven’t met yet; leaving me with more connections.

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 that we have all grown and understood the meaning of life in the future. We have all gotten a greater understanding that what comes ahead of us determines how our career will be and get through life and money. It also has shown us that we should communicate better with leaders in order to gain better connections.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory in high school was the further studies that I made in order to get more money and a good happy life in the future. What I will always remember about high school is that after 4 years of not making the playoffs for soccer, we made 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 that several individuals have been following the laws and wearing face masks to prevent disease. I have also seen that we have started to plant trees, plants, and pick up trash on earth day to help out a little bit.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? I think the teacher that impacted me the most was Mrs. Simpson, the AVID teacher. Not only do I believe she has impacted me, but most students too. She has helped several students with college questions and how life works later since not most teachers can help students out since they are teaching their own subject.

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 everyone remembers our class as the one that was strong enough to fight through this pandemic and finish off strong. I want everyone to understand that not only did we lose senior events, we temporarily lost our graduation.

 


Meara Kelleher

Student Body/Senior Class/Student Council Vice President, LHS DECA President, LHS Business Professionals of America Vice President, Interact, Tennis

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I’m very grateful I joined as many organizations as I could because it has allowed me to meet so many people that I otherwise wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t gotten out of my comfort zone my freshman year and joined all these organizations.

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? No one could have expected this happening so I hope people learn to be more grateful for the life as it’s happening. I have tried to focus on whatever positive aspects I can find in this situation because there’s a lot of negativity that surrounds us. Rather than be focused on losing 9 weeks of the year be glad for the other 27 that we all had together and cherish those moments a lot harder.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory is definitely when my teammates and I went to Fort Worth for DECA State. We got to spend the weekend together competing and having fun with each other and I just love how close we all were in that moment. I'm glad I got involved in DECA because my favorite high school memories come 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? Obviously it isn’t a positive thing that 25% of our senior year got taken away but when you think about it every senior in the COUNTRY had their ending taken away from them. So when I look at the big picture I’m glad that we will at least get to have an in-person graduation because there are so many people that won’t get that. I know the Student Body officers are trying to make as much out of the situation as we can, do while we might not have an in-person rosecutting we might be able to do other things that some schools might not be able to do.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Mrs. Cooper has impacted me the most out of all the teachers in my 12 years in LISD. I’m so grateful that she was my DECA advisor my junior and senior year because not only did she impact my life, but I’ve watched her impact so many other students' lives as well. She really does want the best for each of her students and if there is any way to help you achieve your goals she will do so. She has the student's best interest at heart and I think the part about all of this that I’m most sad about is that I won’t get to go up to the third floor and eat lunch in her room for the last time during 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 that in the future we will look back on this situation and see that we made the most of what we had. This will only make us remember our senior year that much more and make for some great stories to tell all of our grandchildren.


Chloe Kim

Multicultural Club (President), NHS, StuCo, Mu Alpha Theta, Interact

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I loved coming together as a group/club and enjoying our time together doing what we love and have in common. Multicultural club was great and it is a fairly new club as well. I think it has a great message and everyone always has a good time.

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 after we come out from this unique situation we are able to learn from it. I feel privileged to be able to attend school every day as it's not available to every student/people around the world. I hope it could be an eye opener to see that going to school and getting education is beneficial for all of us.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory/what I will always remember about high school is just all the good times and moments I have shared with my friends and peers. It wasn't every day but with my friends and teachers around me to support me through any hard times it was great. I shared laughs and unforgettable moments with my friends that I will never forget.

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 my peers donating to the people that are in need during this hard time. It's very encouraging to see.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? I would say most of my teachers leave an impact in my 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? I hope the Class of 2020 can be remembered as the notable/unforgettable class. Even through the good/bad we will forever stand out from other years and just be unforgettable


Hannah Kuruvilla

FCA, Circle of Friends, NHS, Journey to Dream (Vice President), HOSA

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? Seeing my friends and having fun.

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 can learn to enjoy the little things.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory was Senior Sunrise because I got to hang out with my friends, eat, and just have fun.  

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

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Mrs. Counts, Mr. Zauner


Luis Angel Lopez

Soccer

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? First of all I enjoy being there because every day I did what I liked to do, soccer is my favorite sport. I also liked being there because all of my teammates were funny and I got along with them really well.

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 after this is over we will be stronger and know that in hard circumstances we have to keep our head and do the right thing but most importantly, we can overcome anything. I hope this thing we are living helps us grow.

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 was when we played a final in the pre-season in soccer and we won it. Something I will always remember about high school is the soccer games I had every Tuesdays and Fridays.

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 that everyone has come together. Schools are helping people even more by giving free meals and Wi-Fi for kids that don’t have any.

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

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 people to remember that the Class of 2020 was strong and no matter what got in our way we were still going to make it graduate, not even this pandemic was going to stop us.


Brett Myers

Drumline (Drum Captain)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? The family aspect that had always been the most important thing to 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? I don't know if we've grown. Seems like it's separated us to be honest. I'm just glad everyone's safe.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? Our school's Black Out Pep Rally.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? Just being positive during the hard times and providing words of encouragement.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Mr. Forshage my old Chemistry teacher. He helped me through a really hard time in my life and just believed in the person I was. He also had a very positive state of mind and I adopted that.


Sylvia G Nalbandian

Band (Head Drum Major)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I honestly enjoy every aspect of being a band member. I love the people I work with. They're kind, loving, passionate people who share the same love for music as I do. My favorite part about band is how tirelessly we work towards perfecting our program and seeing it all pay off in the end. The feeling of pride and accomplishment after every performance is such a fulfilling experience. I'm glad I got to spend my four years of high school making music with my amazing 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? I think that this whole experience made many of my fellow classmates realize how much we really love being in our school environment. I know that it's taught me to never take things for granted because it can all be taken away in an instant. I hope everyone has grown to become more appreciative of our time in school and I believe next year's seniors will remember to truly cherish every bit of their last year.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? All of my favorite memories throughout high school were band experiences. I had so many amazing ones this year, but I think my favorite was our midwinter concert. We showcased our progress on our UIL programs and I absolutely adored our selection. Getting to perform Blue Shades by Frank Ticheli was so much fun and it was really cool seeing how much the audience enjoyed it. Especially during the big clarinet feature. It was one of our best runs thus far, and it just really became an exciting memory for me. I'm upset we never got to perform the finished product for my last UIL, but I'm glad we had that opportunity to perform our program.

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'm seeing everyone become more innovative with how they communicate with one another. My fellow classmates are hard at work to uplift those around them through social media and zoom calls. The faculty here at Lewisville have come up with creative ways to ensure us seniors still get to experience all the traditions that are a part of the Long Maroon Line. I noticed people within the community try to assist each other on where to find certain limited necessities via social media.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? The band staff at LHS has had the biggest impact on me. They are incredible people to work with and it's obvious that they love what they are doing. My band and guard directors have taught me so much about music, performance, and leadership, I'm extremely thankful for everything they have done. They created such a great culture within the band program and are fantastic to work with. I will never forget how they impacted my life in such a positive manner.

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 everyone looks at how the Class of 2020 was able to come even closer together, supporting one another through a difficult time. When people look back at this year, I want them to remember that they can overcome any challenge that comes their way. This year certainly didn't end the way we envisioned, but we're adapting to changes and still trying to end our senior year on a positive note.


Semilore Ojerinde

Student Council (Project Officer) and NHS (President)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I enjoy seeing the smiles and happiness on people's faces as we come together as a community. It is really rewarding to see everyone work together in both groups and put in work towards their community with a humble heart.

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 from their mistakes and their gains from high school. It is a new time for us so it's best for us to reflect on what we've done this year and what we could do better next year. I also hope that people find the time to think of their future as mature in every aspect of their lives. I hope they continue to grow personally and academically.

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 is working together with my student council officers through the good times and the bad times. We learned a lot about each other and we came together in times of crisis to connect with one another. It was a special team that I was glad to be a part of and I will forever hold that as a memorable part of my senior year.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? Honestly, I have seen so many people spread so much love and positivity on their social media that it is very astounding and heartwarming to see. Our community in Lewisville has just been very supportive and looking out for their students by making sure that they have everything that they need and checking up on them. We also try to engage in spirit days activities just to make sure we are connecting with everyone and that people especially our seniors can feel the see if they are still in that school spirit.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? I would have to say a teacher that impacted me throughout my high school years is Mrs. Stamey. She has consistently shown me what a great leader is supposed to be and show me what great ethic it's supposed to look like. She has been a great example towards our community and towards our student council leaders and members. She has been very supportive of every one of us and has such a loving and kind heart. I will always wish her the best in life and I pray that she finds all the happiness that she can ever find in her life and that someone else does so much for her as she has done so much for me and the Lewisville community.

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 a class of hope. The Class of 2020 has constantly kept our heads up high and try to make the best of the situation at hand. I know it's not been easy for us and they're people who aren't fond of the situation, but I believe that the Class of 2020 really has tried to keep things active and going to just reconnect with each other throughout these times. I really do hope that this time will not be seen as a time of only tribulation, but as a time where we all came together as one and did our best to make the situation as pleasant as we can make it be.


Jackson Perduyn

BAM, Interact, NHS, Student Council, Senior Class Council, Presidents Club, Student Body Historian

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? The people who are involved with an organization with 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? We are better at technology now.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? Delivering presents during Angel Tree with the boys.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? Classmates have stepped up and organized events for classes.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Mr. Borenstein. One of the best teachers I've ever had the pleasure of being taught by. He helps you where you struggle, always offers comedic relief, and much more. He truly wants his students to succeed and it’s not hard to see that. His room was always open where students could chat about anything with him, serious matters or not, and he would always respect our privacy. There isn’t enough good things to say about Mr. Robert Borenstein.


Amy Alexandra Rodriguez

Latino Club (Vice President), Orchestra (President)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? Latino Club and Orchestra is where I’ve met some of the most trustworthy people. I’ve grown so much being a part of these groups and being a leader figure in both. I’ve learned a lot about myself and where I want my future to go from here on out because these groups gave me the opportunity to find my passions and get to know myself.

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 will bring people together. We had a lot taken away from us as seniors, trips being canceled, final games and concerts being taken away, and getting the last chance to see each other and walk the halls of our school that was dissolved before us. But this experience should give us the strength to become better and to deal with even bigger challenges up ahead. We are the class of 2020 and we have to represent that determination in everything we do from here on out.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory was leaving our UIL competition for orchestra with sweepstakes.

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 some classmates reach out and do have teachers. They try to keep everyone happy and positive by sending funny pictures or having chats with their students/ classmates.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Kevin Sluder and Devan Bell, both former directors from the school have impacted me the most. They have pushed me for so long and inspired me so much to continue in orchestra and in my music. They brought out a passion I had deep in me for music and opened my eyes to the endless opportunities I could do with it. They helped me unlock new skills I didn’t know I had. My determination in music and my love for my violin is all because of Sluder and Bell

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 the kids who never lost hope. I want history to remember us as the generation that will take on anything life throws at us. We are the class of 2020 and best believe we are going to make a mark in history.


Aliyah Jenai Rose

Fashion Club (President), Interact Club

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I enjoyed being around people who had the same interests as me and having a group of people to be close to.

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 have grown to realize that even though life may have its challenges and things might not turn out the way we plan, we can get through anything.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory from this year has to be being able to take part in the prom fashion show. I’ll always remember the huge sense of school pride whether it was walking through the halls or going to a game.

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 a lot of people just making the best out of being stuck at home, whether it’s them finding something to do by themselves or with their families and just doing their best to stay at home.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? I would have to say my fashion design teacher Mrs. Barrientos or my counselor Mrs. Walker

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 strong and resilient.


Loralyn Sanders

UIL Science- President. Technology Student Association- President. Junior World Affairs Council, StuCo, NHS, Presidents Club

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I enjoy being able to lead and help people and create a successful 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 that we will be able to adapt to the quickly changing world we live in, while remaining strong and positive.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? I will always remember being able to be with my friends and see them grow as people over the years to be the people they are today.

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 people reaching out to others to make sure people are ok and help them if needed.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? Mr. Jones, for creating a space for me to be creative and pursue my passion.

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 will remember that despite tough circumstances, we were able to persevere and succeed. The Class of 2020 is unstoppable.


Ashiyah Simpson

HOSA and Softball

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I enjoy being with my teammates and all of us doing softball together. No one is by themselves because it is a team. We all work hard together. We are like family. I love being able to go to 4th period which is softball and being with our coaches and teammates.

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 learn not to take things for granted. I would say enjoy the moment with everything that you are in. Make sure you are living it to the best of your ability because you might never get the opportunity again. I hope we also learn not to take friendships lightly.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory would be being in my junior teacher English class. She always encourages me. I will always remember that high school doesn't last forever, enjoy it while you can. Everything goes by very quickly so make everything the best of it before time is out.

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 the community post everything on social media. I have seen everyone give tips on how we can help everyone. Also seen people post the rules everyone. Everyone is promoting staying in the house.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? I would say my English 3 teacher. She is amazing every day we go into her room she would make sure she gives us high fives to welcome us to her room. We would also have to make eye contact with her so she can prepare us for the real world. She would give us tips all the time on ways she can help us. I always visited her during my senior year because she impacted me strongly. She always prepared us for being in the real 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? I hope history just remembers it was a tough time for Class of 2020 but we eventually got through it,  I just hope they know don't take school for granted because it's not how we wanted our last year to end up.

 


Maritoni Songco

Student Council. Student Body Community Service Officer

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I love being able to organize and begin community service projects that the students can participate in. It’s nice to be able to give back to a community that does so much for Lewisville High School.

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 and I will begin to appreciate the little things much more. We often take advantage of the simple things in life but it’s a time like right now where we realize the importance of the smallest of things.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory was running the Angel Gift program for two weeks straight during December. It was a long two weeks but I was surrounded by amazingly supportive people and was able to give back to the community. Something I will always remember about high school are the friendships I’ve made with not just students but also my teachers and advisors.

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 my fellow classmates and high school staff members rise to the occasion when it came to school spirit and pride through social media. Although we cannot go to school and dress up for spirit days, the students stay active by tweeting out their photos and things they are participating in during quarantine.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? My most influential teachers were Ms. Stamey and Mr. Moser. They are both my student council advisors but they have been so much more than that. No matter my situation or what I am going through I know I can go talk to them if I ever needed to. They have supported me through so much and have helped me through the tough times of high school. I’m extremely grateful to have them in my 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? I hope the Class of 2020 is remembered as students that remained spirited and optimistic through such a tough time. My classmates and I were obviously disappointed in the circumstances we were put under but we have tried so hard to make the absolute best out of this situation.


Kobe Soto

Student Council

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? The fun activities and dress up days for school spirit.

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 classmates will show growth physically, and mentally due to the fact that our daily lives are being put on hold and it’s causing to adapt to our recent living situations which will make us ready for future situations.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? Scoring the goal to make it to the playoffs.

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 my school keep certain activities during the pandemic which brings us closer to show that our school spirit can’t be tamed even if we’re going through rough times.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? I would say that my English teacher Mrs. S helped through my years since she always pushed me and made sure I always kept my goals high and never let myself or anyone around me bring my goals down and she always made sure that I never settled for less even if the sky was the limit.

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 our school life was cut short we still find some way to overcome and finish our senior year out strong whether it’s this year or next year. 


Dawt Tin Sung

StuCo, NHS, Chin Club, Choir, Varsity Mixed Choir (President)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I enjoy singing and making music with my choir. We have the most amazing choir teacher and he never fails to make us laugh. He likes to challenge us and make learning fun. Our class was very diverse in ethnicity, gender and race, but we are like one big family.

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 they will grow to learn as I have that we need to appreciate what we have. I hope they will realize the value of education. I also hope they realize that they are very lucky to live in the United States with many opportunities. I hope from this experience that they will learn and continue to value their education as many people in the world would love to be in their place.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? One of my favorite memories from senior year is being in the Legally Blonde Musical and having made all the memories with my friends. What I will always remember about high school is all the events and the friends I made from the clubs and activities. My choir teacher and my classmates will all be very hard to forget.


Valeria Treviño

Latino Club

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? What I enjoyed the most was that it felt like a family. You were surrounded by people who had something in common with you and shared your same roots and /or traditions.

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 never knew that the day we left for spring break would be the last day that we would all be in the same room. But that has left us something to teach, the future is never assured and we have to enjoy each day as if it were the last.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? The truth is that I don't have a favorite, for my high school it has been everything to remember, both ways good and bad because everything has left me some teachings and people to always remember.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? I believe that it has all made us suffer from this pandemic in some way but at the same time that is keeping us all strong and helping us to grow as human beings by being charitable towards others  and although we cannot be together physically,  we continue to seek the way to be united and in contact.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? I cannot choose just one since I was a freshman. I have always had help from all those who have been my teachers, none of them have left me alone during this process and I am grateful to each and every one of them for being with me at all times and listening to me when I needed it.

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 of 2020 will always be remembered as strong and that it did not stop before all the bad that is happening, since for us it has been a hard blow that our last high school memories with our friends and classmates have been ripped from us. Many of our classmates will go away to school or in my case, many of my friends will return to their native countries and it may take years to see them again or I will never do it again. This has been so hard but we will never put our hands down on this.


Kayla Ludivina Trevino Rios

Student Council President, NHS and Interact

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? Being part of Student Council is like having a second family. I definitely enjoyed the positive energy that was brought by everyone as well as always giving back to the community. I enjoyed mentoring a second grader as a junior and volunteering in community events.

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 and I grow from this experience by always appreciating the moments we get to have with others. No one thought that the day before spring break would be the last time we would all get to walk our schools hallway one last time. I believe we will also grow by this in the way that we will be able to handle anything that is thrown our way.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory about my senior year would have to be supporting the sport teams every Tuesday and Thursday. I was able to make “big heads” for the girls and boys basketball team which were held at the basketball games in our student section. One thing I will always remember about high school is that I’ve had so many carrying teachers along the way as well as being able to greet kids in the morning as they walk in to school.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? Some ways I have seen our farmer staff rise will we are going through a worldwide pandemic is by emailing the students to make sure we are mentally okay. Many students go to school to escape their home problems so by the staff reaching out, we are shown they care and that we aren’t alone. Lewisville has also had virtual spirit days to keep the pride alive and bring some encouragement to students.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? I had the pleasure of having Mr. Willi as my AVID teacher for two years. He made every student feel noticed and appreciated by always greeting us with a handshake as we walked into class and he would say “Good afternoon Kayla, how’s your day going?” I always looked forward to his class because I knew I could be myself without being judged and if I was having a hard day, he would be there to listen. The other two teachers who have had a great impact on me are Stamey and Moser, my StuCo advisors because they’ve not only helped me grow as a person but have always been here for me and my family. They both care so much about us students and they both work endless hours for all events to run smoothly. Appreciate them all so much!

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 the Class of 2020 is remembered as a class who had to learn they wouldn’t have their last school day or traditional senior events but they were going to be okay. We are a class that had to mature so we could see the bigger picture to understand why we couldn’t have all of our last high school moments. All we want is to be together one last time for graduation. This hasn’t been easy to process but I know we are all thankful for everything our teachers and district are doing for us.


Tara-Vy Truong

Student Council/Student Body Officer

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I love to serve not only my school but the community. In doing that, I get the amazing chance to meet and connect with new people and grow relationships wherever high school takes 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? I hope that instead of seeing this as a negative things like how most things in the world are now, I hope that we (high school seniors especially) can see how special and unique this has been for us and how even though we are not physically with one another, we have grown closer in being able to face this hardship together.

What is your favorite memory from your senior year and what will you always remember about high school? My favorite memory in high school was going to my senior stakeout before our big Battle of the Axe game. That late night was filled with many fun events like taking pictures of the police drown and blasting music in the parking lot with my closest friends.

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 everyone especially my friends connect not physically but through social media, text, etc. with their peers, friends, teachers and family. We have grown such a unique school spirit, something that everyone has participated in because of the complex situation we have been put in.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? The people who have impacted me the most throughout high school has been my tennis coach of over 6 years, Coach Johnson and my two student council advisors for almost 4 years, Mrs. Stamey and Mr. Moser.

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 not only because of our inabilities to do things, but our unique ability to overcome and do the things we can, just in a different way! How a huge community of people rose up together to face such a wild experience. We did not let these tragedies hold us back, it only made us work harder to achieve the things we want and create such a bigger, more special way of celebrating those things.


Alaafia Vaz

Spanish Club (President)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? The thing I enjoy most about being the president of the Spanish Club is meeting new people and learning and about their culture. I also like seeing all the different levels of Spanish that people are at.

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 from this experience, my classmates and I will grow to appreciate the things we have more. At our age, we often complain about minor things and this difficult time has shown us that there are so many greater problems in the world. We have to appreciate everything we have, especially the things that we often take for granted.

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 is having my senior pictures taken. I will always remember how difficult of a time and transition high school was for me.

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 people in my community take more precautions by wearing gloves and masks, staying in the house, and social distancing.

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 most resilient and strong class. We are facing a difficult time right now and although the future is unclear, we are staying strong and hoping for the best. 


Trey West

Baseball (Captain)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of your group, club or team? I enjoy how the underclassmen look up to me as a player because I am the captain. I also enjoy having responsibilities on the team as in making sure everyone is on task and doing what they are supposed to do to make them better.

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 one of my classmates grows to be better at the sport than they ever were. I think that at the end of all this we will all come out bigger, better, and stronger than we ever were.

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 has to be our pre game rituals. Me and a few seniors would go to someone’s house before the game and just hang out, watch TV, eat something to give us energy throughout the game and have a great time. Then we would go to the locker room, blast music, dance, scream, change and enjoy each other. After that, we all head down to the cages to get warm before the game and get our minds in the right place.

What are some of the ways you have seen your classmates, staff and/or community rise to the occasion during this worldwide pandemic? Many of my classmates are working through the pandemic to support our community by getting essential equipment out to the people as well as food.

What teacher or staff member impacted you the most throughout your school years? I would have to say that Coach Campbell (LHS Head Baseball Coach) has made a huge impact on me since even before I started high school. I have 2 older brothers who both went through our baseball program and have both been coached by Coach Campbell. He has taught me how to become a leader on and off the field as well as how to become a better player, a better Christian, and a better man.

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 everyone realizes how good they have it. I took my senior year of high school for granted to say the least. I hope they appreciate that they get to play their district games and to know that they will have a prom and graduation because as of right now, we still don’t know when it will happen or if it will happen. I hope they remember us as the class that had to adapt how we did our work and how we made it through our last year of school. 


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