Dear Class of 2020,
I am so thrilled that the Bedford Citizen has assembled a special edition as a tribute to you. You are so deserving. When we parted ways on March 11, we could not have predicted that would be the last time we would all be at Bedford High School together, enjoying – and perhaps taking for granted – our familiar daily routine. Instead of celebrating together, this national pandemic has left all of you in isolation feeling uncertain, frustrated, and melancholy. You have also been faced with the troubling reality that systemic racism is still claiming the lives of innocent victims. This has certainly not been an easy few months for a class of seniors who wished to have some laughs, go on a scavenger hunt, play spoons and make some special memories together as their high school career came to a close.
I am sure you have heard that you were destined for greatness. Born into this world in the aftermath of 9/11, you have had to navigate uncertainty over and over again. You have risen to the challenge. In our own school community, you advocated for changes and helped us become better educators who realize that our students are our best resources. I know you are strong and you are resilient. I know I have learned so much from all of you.
The Bedford Citizen asked seniors to share what they would have said and done if they knew March 11th was to be your last day in school. Your responses are thoughtful and have a common thread of gratitude to the faculty and staff at the high school for helping to make your high school experience so rewarding and memorable. Truth is, we are equally thankful to all of you for helping us grow and for making it so easy to smile and say “hello” and so hard to say “goodbye.”
If I had some intel and knew that March 11th would be our last day in school together, I would have skipped all of my meetings and ignored the emails and complaints. Instead, Mr. Hudder, Mr. Casey and I would have spent time blissfully walking the building, chatting and laughing with all of you. I would have taken more tater tots from those seniors (you know who you are) who always offered them up during break time. The faculty and staff would have made impromptu plans to celebrate you and we may have ended outside with pizza and Bedford Farms ice cream playing games and having fun.
While I am sorry that the end of this school year has not gone as planned, I am thankful that we have been able to find creative ways to see and celebrate you. I am so grateful that I started my career as a principal with you. Thanks for showing me how it’s done. Thank you for brightening my days and for inspiring me to do better and be better. Bedford High School is forever changed because of you, our Class of 2020. We are eager to honor you at your high school graduation on July 19th on Sabourin field, your own home turf. Until then, stay safe, healthy and hopeful.