“So much was taken from us but crisis seems to bring out the best in people.” Sara Be, 2019/2020 Student Body President
Much has been said about the challenges faced by the Class of 2020. While they have certainly experienced high school through a unique set of circumstances, now it is time to celebrate all that this class has accomplished in spite of that adversity.
Number of different colleges to which the Class of 2020 were accepted: 118
Total number of college acceptances: 310
Scholarship dollars earned: $10,075,588 over the next four years
TOPS dollars awarded over the next four years: $1.45 million
Students matriculating at a school outside of a Louisiana state school receiving full tuition scholarship/financial aid: 7
It’s difficult to tell the story of the Class of 2020 without reflecting upon the flood of 2016 or the current global pandemic. These events were challenging, especially for students hoping for a typical teenage high school experience. However, between freshman and senior year, these students made the most of their time on campus and they will leave the school more resilient, stronger and better prepared to live lives of meaning and purpose. As student leaders, including Be, Valedictorian Celia Kiesel, Salutatorian Adam Reid and senior class president Christine Myer, shared speeches at the recent Knights Drive-In, it also became apparent that this class will leave high school more grateful, compassionate and kind.
“We’re not missing out because we have it right here,” Myer reminded her classmates as she stood on a small stage under a banner congratulating the class. Both Myer and Be expressed gratitude for the meaningful moments and relationships that they said will truly define their high school experiences. With that appreciation comes a sense of making a difference in the world as they begin their next chapter.
“We are making history,” said Be. “We have this historic opportunity to be an example.”