- Upper Division
By Jason Snyder, Upper Division Principal
It is difficult to contextualize the plight of the class of 2020. On one hand, they are all (at least at Denver JDS) still healthy. They have not had to face the worst of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. They will all still get to go to college. And yet, their loss is real. In what was supposed to be the most celebratory months of their young lives, they lose out on these experiences and are faced with an uncertain future because of a global pandemic. They don’t know what their first year of college will look like, much less the larger world as they make the difficult transition to adulthood.
These are true challenges-enough to vex anyone-much less an eighteen-year-old. And yet, in a world that has been thrust into uncertainty-I am very certain about the future of the Denver JDS class of 2020. I have watched these young men and women for the past seven years face the challenges of school, adolescence, and the larger world with courage and grit. I have watched them captain our basketball team to the greatest season in our school’s history. I have watched them help our fledgling literary magazine earn an award in only its second year of existence. I have watched them excel in the classroom, and take leadership roles in all facets of our school community. I have watched them take advantage of all that our wonderful school offers and grow into mature young men and women.
As an educator, I have been often asked in the past six weeks how the coronavirus will change education. I have some thoughts, but I do not know for certain. As a historian, I have also been asked (although much less) how I think the coronavirus will impact history. Again, I have some thoughts, but I do not know for certain. What I am certain about is the future of the Denver JDS class of 2020. Their loss because of the coronavirus is not the worst damage that the pandemic has wrought. Again, though, because of their character they will be stronger because of this disappointment. I know not the field or arena, but I am certain that the world will be a better place because of these sixteen young men and women.