Mitch Sydlowski said he’s excited to begin his senior year at Brookfield High School.
“Everyone always tells me that when you graduate it’s like you miss it,” he said, taking a break on Aug. 12 from painting his parking space at the school in honor of the deceased rapper Juice World.
“I’m just gonna enjoy it as much as I can.”
Mitch said he knows the COVID-19 pandemic will play a big role in whether he will get to enjoy some of the mainstays of a senior year – some of which were stripped from the Class of 2020 – but he’s keeping a positive attitude about the year’s prospects.
“I’m hoping for the best, that they can figure something out,” he said. “Looking forward to football season, if we have it. Looking forward to homecoming, if we have it. Prom. Just trying to stay optimistic.”
Senior Kaelyn Johns has her fingers crossed.
“I just hope we get to have homecoming and prom and obviously take the precautions that we can,” Kaelyn said. “I just don’t wanna miss out on those. We just have to roll with the punches and see how it goes.”
Senior Nick Bartolin said he was looking forward to returning to in-class instruction, at least for the two days a week the school has planned.
“It is very strange,” Nick said. “I am excited to be able to start going back and seeing everyone more, being able to go back in person now. Hopefully, it lasts.”
Nick said the administration’s decision to combine at-home learning with in-person instruction is a good middle ground.
“It’s good for safety,” Nick said. “It’s a nice extra-long weekend. The only other precaution they could make is just not having school.”
Kaelyn said the school precautions, such as limiting class size, making everyone wear face masks and installing shields on desks, “make me feel secure,” and that she hopes they work because she was not a fan of distance learning.
“It’s hard for me to learn from home, because I lose my attention a lot,” she said. “It’s better for me to be in the classroom. I just wish it was five days, but we gotta do what we gotta do.”