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Reese Langdon, staff writer

For last year's seniors, it seemed like everything but their graduation cap was up in the air. They can best understand the struggles that the 2021 seniors are going through, and they want to help out this year’s senior kings and queens with a little bit of advice. The 2020 seniors definitely left their mark on Texas High the past four years, so when asked to share some words of wisdom, they jumped at the opportunity to let their voices be heard.

Raven Ivory

Take in every single moment, good or bad. Participate in everything, because you don’t want to look back and regret not doing something. Take DC classes. You’re guaranteed to get the credit if you pass the class, and there’s a very big chance you won’t have to take it in college. Time goes by so fast, so just enjoy every moment. Make memories, take pictures and just enjoy life. Senior year is the best year; regardless of the current situation, make the most of it!

Brynna Givens

Take your time throughout your senior year, and don’t rush it. Once it’s over, you are going to miss it all so much and wish you had more time with friends and teachers and [at] school activities. Make the most of it and have fun. Don’t let it pass you by.

Owen Likins

Don’t sell yourself short. The future is definitely scary with everything going on in the world, but don’t be afraid to dream big. Senior year was life changing for me, and it can be for anyone. Just set your goals high.

Bryson Harris

Make it count while you can. With everything going on in the world right now, enjoy every moment you have at Texas High. It is a special place. Right now, it can disappear from your life in the blink of an eye. Wear your mask and make every day feel like your last.

Haley Wood

Appreciate the small moments for what they are. Try not to get too caught up in what’s coming up next or what you could have done better, but rather revel in the small moments of your senior year and take it all in!

Skylar Black

Celebrate [your] accomplishments. Everyone deserves credit for what they’ve achieved. I would tell them to be open to new experiences. Maybe in the past they’ve spent days and weeks with the same people doing the same activities. Now, it’s time to open up your doors and meet new friends. People who will ultimately become your lifelong friends. Don’t be afraid. There will be hundreds of opportunities. Take them. The outside world has so much to offer that maybe you aren’t aware of. Take this new journey in your life and reinvent yourself. Be confident. Be strong. Be courageous. Be wise. Life life to the fullest.

Reed Russell

Long days make for short years. Make as many memories as you can, because it all goes by way quicker than you expected. I would just say take things seriously, because everything you’re doing in college you’re paying for, so you have to pay attention to what’s going on and what you need to get done. I would also suggest getting involved in something.

Autumn Parrott

Everything happening in the world right now can feel draining. The country in turmoil puts a damper on your senior year, but don’t neglect these last moments. Whether it’s cherishing the final year, being with your best friend or pouring your heart into your last sport's season, make it count.

Madison Bowers

Find the good in the current situation. For me, it was really easy to be discouraged and feel as though my senior year was being taken away. Whenever I started trying to find the good, I realized how lucky I was to have a great three years before everything broke loose. Just enjoy all the little things.

Emma Lindsay

[Don’t] stress about a career. It’s really normal to struggle with deciding what you want to do for the rest of your life, so my advice would be to focus on finding the perfect college for you this year.

Margaret Debenport

Cherish every moment [you] have of high school. I didn’t know my senior year would end early, and I was rushing to finish it all and get to college. I didn’t love high school as a whole, but there were parts of it I wish could have lasted forever. I wish I would have spent more time with my friends in the parts of high school I truly enjoyed. I would go back and spend more time making memories with my sisters rather than binge watch tv or movies. I know that sounds generic, but having my senior year end early is something that I wish hadn’t happened, and from that I learned not to take any moment for granted.

Jebin Justin

If you’re having a great time, savor those moments, because it will flash by you faster than you think. If you’re not having such a great time, don’t worry, because it will get better. Just don’t live your life in fast forward, because you’ll miss the present.

Tylica Crutchfield

I would definitely tell the seniors to enjoy their year while they can. I know it’s something everyone says, but it really can all be taken away in a second. Life throws unexpected obstacles, so make the most of your life in the moment.

Jenna Williamson

My advice would be to make the best of every situation. Obviously, this year will look immensely different than everyone hoped. However, there is a positive in everything. I would encourage all current seniors to look at the positives through their year and to live in those moments. Senior year is special, and no matter how different it looks, it’s still a memorable time. I encourage everyone to live in the moment and find the positives.