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Coming Together By Staying Apart ---When it begins to feel like nothing is going right, go be the change and go left.---

Dear Readers,

Through this difficult time, it may seem really hard to stay positive. As a junior, I still have another year before I have to worry about leaving for college. Even though I may not have the stress of leaving, I still worry about my future. I know I am not the only one. The graduating class of 2020 has lost a lot, but they are not the only ones losing once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We all are, and we are mourning the losses with everyone.

We found out that we are not finishing the school year in school. It may not seem like that big of a deal at first, but we, as humans, crave interaction. The world we live in today is filled with technology to keep us involved, but nothing can compare to face-to-face communication. So, this leaves us at a standstill. To deal with the loss of in-person communication, we have to utilize what we have when it comes to virtual communication when we need to communicate with the people outside of our homes.

My advice to you, enjoy this time with your family and the people you can be in contact with. Learn something new. Learn to cook a new dish, take up a new hobby, read a new genre of books. Take this time to adapt and learn how to think on your toes.

You are strong. You are empowering. You are making history. You will be telling this story for years to come. How are you writing your story?

I will leave you with that thought. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to be here.

Sincerely,

Aleah Heims

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been keeping busy by writing letters, journaling, FaceTiming my friends, sewing, virtual Bible study, reading, and reorganizing my room.

"Nothing in this world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, and difficulty." ~Theodore Roosevelt

Hearts have filled windows as a sign of hope.

This window has been decorated by junior Emma Merkes.

As our world starts to build back up, we are forced to build with it. We have to find our "normal" again. So that leaves the question, "What does the new normal look like?"

People. We are writing our life stories right now. The way our new normal will affect us, is by how we react to it. So there may be more testing, there may be more health screenings when entering certain places, and so much more that is unknown to us. How we cope with changes shows our strength as a community and our strength within.

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Aleah Heims
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