- Outside the Classroom
- Upper Division
By Isabella Bush, Denver JDS Senior
Hello, my name is Isabella Bush. Today is one of the most exciting days of my life, the day I graduate high school and become an independent person. As a result of COVID-19, I have not really been looking forward to this day because I know it won’t be the same as the past and future graduations. But today I saw all of my classmates, following social distancing guidelines, and it gave me closure. It might have been the last time I see my entire class together. We were robbed of many experiences and I did not understand how much I needed to see everyone together one last time before we graduate. It truly made me so happy.
My class may always be remembered as the Coronavirus class, but we know we made a huge impact on the school and its ruach. Shannon Silberman and I, the Student Council Co-Presidents, put in a tremendous number of hours into Denver JDS in order to make a difference for each student this school year. Although the Shabbaton was canceled, we found a unique way to continue the tradition of shabbatograms and took hours out of each day for a week to sort every single shabbatogram to ensure every student receives them.
DJDS has been my home since Kindergarten and I have been looking forward to all of my senior year events almost my entire life. Being one of the big kids who leads Color War, student council events, and spirit week has been my aspiration for most of my life. I remember dressing up for Color War and Basketball games when I was in elementary school, even though these events did not involve me yet. My class has been planning these events since the start of middle school and all of our ideas may never be used.
However, my classmates and I have done everything we can to remain strong through these times, and here we. I am so thankful that I can still graduate with my fellow classmates and more importantly, my best friends. Congrats to the Class of 2020.
I hope you will all join in celebrating our accomplishments this evening.