Top THE WAY: Southern Regional Course of 2021 officers (from left) Gianna Crawford, Dominic Sari, John Mastandrea and Alexia Placakis have worked hard this year to continue to keep the senior class inspired and associated in what ever they have been ready to do collectively. (Photo by David Biggy)
With just times right until graduation, it’s probable that most members of Southern Regional High School’s Course of 2021 will commence to mirror on what the earlier 4 several years have been for them, the highs and lows of significant college daily life each and every scholar goes by way of. And, of program, the earlier 12 months, particularly, will garner lots of focus for the duration of such reflection.
To say this faculty yr has been a roller coaster is an understatement. In numerous methods, it most likely felt far more like a roller coaster trapped underground, inside a dark tunnel, with extremely handful of glimmers of mild peaking through some cracks here and there.
For the senior course officers – President John Mastandrea, Vice President Dominic Sari, Secretary Gianna Crawford and Treasurer Alexia Placakis – much of the past 12 months has been put in in the dark, so to converse. Nevertheless, they uncovered strategies to prevail over the problems of primary a course through uncharted territory, remaining optimistic about what might have come on the road forward.
“We did a lot of brainstorming and hoping for the duration of the pandemic,” said Mastandrea, not too long ago sitting down with the other a few officers all around a desk in the Southern media center to talk about the troubles of the past year. “There was a large amount of guessing and ready, without having any responses to give our classmates. At one position, I was receiving five or 6 messages a working day from persons inquiring me what was going on. I desired to give them answers, but we just did not know what the solutions had been. It was disheartening.”
As course officers, the typical faculty 12 months is crammed with organizing fundraisers and gatherings for the class to take part in and take pleasure in collectively, as very well as building absolutely sure as lots of of their classmates are associated, as they fulfill their “Southern Experience” – a prevalent phrase utilised by the Southern administration, specifically Superintendent Craig Henry.
On the other hand, when university properties were shut for the period of very last spring, as the COVID-19 pandemic waged war on culture, items improved for the Course of 2021. This university year was going to be a single like no other ahead of it – with constrained speak to, confined numbers of occasions … restricted anything.
“As the officers, I consider at some point we all thought, ‘This stinks,’ in particular at the commencing of the year,” mentioned Placakis, the just one who oversaw the allocation of how class resources have been employed. “We didn’t recognize, even after last spring, how difficult the strike was heading to be till we started off preparing items for this year.”
As the college year pushed forward from September to Oct, then into November and Xmas split, the morale amid the class continued to drop as a lot more events and special occasions continued to get tossed apart. The authentic lull arrived during the winter.
“It strike me seriously tricky right after homecoming, that I’d under no circumstances get to have my very last homecoming dance, and that I would not get to maintain the ‘Five Golden Rings’ sign for the Xmas assembly,” claimed Sari, who largely has been the course communicator, the one who’s polled the learners on what they want to do. “In February and early March, anything just appeared so tough. I didn’t assume we would have anything the rest of the 12 months. Everything on our schedule was tentative.”
Luckily, later on in March, the predicament began seeking up. Some constraints were expected to simplicity and some situations had been becoming put again on the calendar, notably individuals for later in the faculty year, these kinds of as the senior promenade, Senior Assistance Day and some type of a senior journey, but not Disney Entire world.
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“Our administration always adopted the state pointers and always desired us to be harmless, and I imagine that’s a significant rationale why we ended up able to get to this point,” Mastandrea reported. “But we had to spring into action actually rapid right after remaining in hibernation. We have labored seriously hard the earlier two months.”
Finding the promenade squared away was a big problem, primarily give the size of the course, in excess of 500 pupils.
“We unquestionably have been fired up but careful,” Crawford explained. “We didn’t want to acquire anything at all for granted. We didn’t want to get people’s hopes up only to have a letdown. But with promenade, all the things transpired so rapidly.”
Class advisers Keri Galli and Jamie Mansuy said the officers experienced about a month to get all the setting up and execution for the prom straightened out.
“Whatever had to get done, they had been on it,” Galli claimed. “They couldn’t do some big, extravagant matter, but they put together forces with the junior class officers to get both equally proms arranged and attended. It was neat. For them, it was, ‘Hey guys, we have a thirty day period. Let’s get this carried out!’ and they did it.”
The good news is, Scholarship Night time and graduation did not have to get break up into numerous periods. The senior journey to Six Flags Good Journey was very well attended. And Senior Assistance Day went off devoid of a hitch.
“We just saved scheduling, even if we experienced a checklist of a couple possibilities for gatherings,” Sari explained. “We constantly wished to consider to do anything for our class, to do what was best for them at all situations, no subject what it seemed like.”
Not surprising, there are loads of classes for foreseeable future class officers to understand from this year’s senior crew – how to converse effectively, keep adaptability and optimism, and aid each other.
“I believe our largest point was that we could not get way too attached to thoughts, mainly because we realized they could adjust in an instantaneous,” Placakis explained. “We experienced to regularly adapt to alterations.”
“When things do not happen and you have to occur up with new techniques on how to get them completed and how to go about them, you have to be capable to adapt and continue to be constructive about it,” Crawford claimed. “That’s going to be some thing long run lessons have to offer with.”
Of class, they figured out about each individual other as perfectly. Mastandrea claimed Sari has constantly been “very trusted and does a great deal to get people today concerned,” Crawford is “one of the most hard-functioning, knowledge and open-minded men and women I know,” and Placakis is “talented in quite a few techniques, has a whole lot of great tips, and often stored us uplifted.”
“John … he’s proved he’s committed,” Crawford explained. “He’s the pleasure of our class. When he measures into a room, it lights up and everybody wants to know what he’s going to say. He’s been a large motivator for everybody, especially all through the earlier yr.”
— David Biggy