Andrew Lansell’s senior reflection

As we conclude our senior year, we need to recognize that this was only the footnote of our 13-year-long story. From Silly Bands to TikTok, Gangnam Style to Sicko Mode and the iPhone 2 to 13, we have witnessed a truly unique moment in American culture. We saw the inauguration of the first black President, Brexit, the rise of social media, the invasion of Ukraine, the fall of ISIS, a global pandemic, and more.
We are, of course, fortunate enough to experience these milestones from the safe MCPS bubble. Despite the isolation, the #MeToo and BLM movements have inspired students to fight for the same values. We also can’t forget what has been connecting us through the years, namely TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest; the list goes on!
Honestly, before this year, the last time we truly saw each other was Friday, March 13, 2020, when we were ready to celebrate “coronacation.” If only we knew. The Zoom logo still gives me shivers. Since then, we have grown into who we are today. The pandemic will live on as one of the defining moments of our generation and will make us stronger. Upon reflection, I can’t imagine the role we will play in the future. Whether it’s going to college, entering the workforce, joining the military, taking a gap year, or anything else, we will continue to find ourselves and leave this world better than we found it. Long live class of ‘22!

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