Senior Class Unites Through Front Doors

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AVON LAKE, Ohio – Graduating high school seniors are normally honored through senior nights and ceremonies in the spring before being handed their diplomas.

But due to the coronavirus, seniors at Avon Lake High School lost the remaining season of sports and all spring activities.

Senior Josh Vlasak’s decorated door / Image courtesy of Kee on Sports

As a result, parents and students came together by acknowledging the senior class in a special and unique way: by decorating their front doors. Seniors were encouraged to decorate their front doors including their senior banners, varsity letters, pictures and any memorabilia that goes along of 12 years spent in school.

Molly Andrejcak, a senior member and captain of the softball team, celebrated her four years of playing by taking part in the event.

“It’s just putting so much pride in each other,” Andrejcak said. “We’re all counting on one another and we’re all grieving but counting on one another just builds up more confidence than what we already have.”

Fellow teammate Katie McNulty’s front door / Image courtesy of Katie McNulty

Fellow teammate and lifelong friend Katie McNulty participated as well.

“I think when it first started, it was more towards people who were getting their spring seasons taken away to reminisce,” McNulty said. “But then it kind of opened up to everybody. I think we’re all mourning the same thing, but a lot of us … it hit a little bit harder on not getting that senior season.”

Other student athletes from previous seasons throughout the year participated as well, ranging from football to cross country in support of their classmates cancelled opportunity. The high school encouraged students to send in pictures of their final design to be highlighted in the yearbook.

The senior class is also being honored by the athletic department, by putting on the stadium lights for 20 minutes and 20 seconds every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the remainder of the school year.