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John's Journal: Class Of 2021, We Want To Hear From You

Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 12:55 PM

Hello high school seniors, congratulations on your graduation and good luck in your future endeavors. You have accomplished something that has not been done in more than a century; you have completed your high school education in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.

I know I’m not alone in wondering how you feel about everything. You’ve gone to school remotely, you’ve worn masks in school, you’ve missed out on important events that were not able to be held, but most of all you have endured. The word I keep hearing about students, and especially you 2021 seniors, is “resilient.” You have proven your mettle and we all can learn from you.

I invite you, members of the Class of 2021, to write about what you have been through. I want to learn about the high points, the low points, the successes and the struggles. I want to learn about who helped support you, personally and educationally, throughout the pandemic. I want to learn how you and your friends leaned on each other for support.

I want to learn how you feel now, as you graduate and move ahead in life. How will this experience impact you in the future? Have you learned lessons about resiliency? Have you learned lessons about yourself? What memories will you share with your own children years from now?

That’s the assignment, possibly your final high school assignment. Feel free to use the above questions as a guide, get on your keyboard and write. Be honest, be open. You can write as many words as you like, email them to me and I will read every one. I plan to post them on John’s Journal, to share with a wide audience.

My email address is below. I can’t wait to learn from you.

--MSHSL media specialist John Millea has been the leading voice of Minnesota high school activities for decades. Follow him on Twitter @MSHSLjohn and listen to "Preps Today with John Millea” wherever you get podcasts. Contact John at

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