From freedom and excitement to disappointment and chaos: Seniors describe graduation in one word

David Holmquist, Criterion Adviser

Every year, the Criterion surveys graduating seniors to describe graduation in one word.

In this year of unprecedented challenges, the meaning of graduation means different things to different people.

The survey was sent during the last week of school, and only 48 students responded. This story will be updated if more surveys arrive. Seniors can look for an email from Mrs. Alling, which contains the link.

Carter Anderson: Nonexistent 

Maddy Arrowood: Beginning

Savannah Bennett: Quarantine 

Julia Boutelle: Taken 

Kianna Castleman: Empowering 

Anna Cooper: Freedom

Ariel Day: Relief

Ashlyn Dentremont: Freedom

Matthew Dillion: Missed

Braden Dodd: Finally

Artijola Emini: Happy

Cecily Ennis: Unstoppable 

Ross Fitzgerald: Exciting 

Kenneth Forbeck: Proud

Christian Gandsey: Exciting 

Planeta Gashi: Relief

Cassandra Goswick: Accomplishment

Alexander Griddley: Finally

Henry Harrison: Different 

Baylee Hernandez: Finally

McKenna Hill: New beginnings. I know it’s not one word but it’s like the end of an era of my life and the beginning of a whole new chapter. 

Myanna Holmes: Acceptance

Keegan Ingraham: Freedom

Ian Knox: Graduation for me as a member of the Class of 2020 means hang on for right now, but better times will get here. You just have to push yourself to be the best in no matter what situations come up, and change your plans. Keep on going, and being successful! Is what graduation means to me now.

Ava Lampson: Amazing

Skylar LeConte: Adventure

Hailey Lippert: Excitement 

Hannah Loertscher: Growing up

Rayne Matmanivong: Epic

Joseph McCormick: Pain

Sean McGinnis: Overdue

Giana Mecollari: Relieving

Tara Myers-Dietrich: Dreading because it wasn’t what I hoped for

Cody O’Connell: Underwhelming

Gabby Petruzzello: Opportunity

Tucker Richards: Stolen

Issaih Riggs: Mildly disappointing

Canyon Schuenke: Exciting

Zachary Schiefelbein: Social Distance

Allison Scimeca: Freedom

Hunter Slack: Finally

Matthew Staver: Finally

Abbie Stubendick: Exciting

Jackson Valley: Exciting

Lane Wagner: Chaotic

Shaylee Weckerly: Hope

Sydney Williams: Finale

Merle Wolff: Pride