On March 5, 2021, KO held an annual breakfast commemorating the senior class on their 100th day of their last year of high school. This year, a snowstorm fell on the day that marked the seniors’ actual 100th day, leading to a remote day and a postponement of the breakfast so it could be held in-person.
Since the pandemic has led to the cancellation of most traditional class gatherings, it was important to the seniors to spend this time together. “I’m really grateful that we all get to be together for this,” senior Evan Banning said, “especially because we haven’t been able to spend as much time together this year, and this is one of our final events as a form.”
The experience was a bittersweet one, considering it marked the near end of the students’ time at KO, but it also honored all of their effort and success up to this point in their education.
As a part of the event, the seniors were given paper to write a message for themselves in the future. The letters were then sealed in an envelope and will be opened at the class’s five-year reunion. These letters allowed them to think about what their futures might look like and what they would want to tell themselves at the time of their reunion.
“It’s a very bittersweet feeling because I don’t want to leave my friends, and I really hope the connections I’ve made here last forever, but I’m excited to be back here in a few years and open these notes together,” senior Brooke Seaver said.
Senior Carter Meshanic had a similar stance on the letters. “I’m sad that my time here is ending so soon, but I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life and to look back on what I’ve written,” he said.
Gathering with their friends in a celebration marking the end of an era allowed the seniors to take the time to appreciate their peers who will soon take different paths. “This is where I met some of my best friends that have become my family,” senior Niki Taylor said. “The past seven years have taught me so much, and it seems surreal to be leaving in 85 days.”
While looking ahead in their lives by writing to themselves, the seniors simultaneously reflected on their high school experience. “My time at KO has really changed me,” senior Henry Mandell said. “The endless opportunities and the ability to evolve on a daily basis has made me a better person throughout the years. I’m going to miss everybody who’s been with me through this journey, including my teachers and friends, and I think this event was a perfect way to commemorate all of our hard work.”