Students Staying in Quarantine by andrea welliver

Students all over the Pacific Northwest are trying out new things during these uncertain times as a result of Covid-19. When Washington schools closed on March 5, Oregon followed closely behind in an attempt to limit the spread of the virus. The two states’ governors previously announced the closure of the school buildings for the rest of the year, leaving students bored and stuck in their homes.

Lukas Knipple, a freshman at LOHS, explains how he has been spending his free time at home. “I’ve begun learning Java programming along with trying to memorize the morse code alphabet.” In difficult times like these, Knipple says how, “Learning Morse code brings a small sense of accomplishment.”

Creitz has been using her quarantine to log her everyday experiences and bake delicious chocolate chip cookies.

Michelle Creitz, another freshman at LOHS, has similar experiences as Knipple’s. Instead of java programming. “Besides just watching Netflix or TikToks, I wanted to do something different. I feel like this is the perfect opportunity to do so.”

A freshman from Sammamish High School named Gabriella DeVita is also experiencing similar signs of boredness, and has put her mind to perfecting a skill very useful to her. As DeVita explains how she has been staying up into the early mornings, she says, “I learned how to properly convince my parents that I didn’t pull an all nighter.”

Although these students have been using their time to master different skills, they all agree on one thing. As Knipple sums it up, “While this time has been extremely relaxing and given me the opportunity to do all these things, I don’t think they can make up for the loss of my friends, social interaction, and structure.”


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