Open letter to my seniors: Thank you for changing my life


Junior Mackenzie Atkinson

The 2019-2020 school year has been a rollercoaster.

The year started off at a high point with the football team making it to the second round of the playoffs, then COVID-19 hit.

I would count this as the first year I became very close with the seniors, I’ve come to think of them as additions to my family.

To senior Kasey Palmer, thank you for leading the yearbook staff through this year. You’ve dedicated so much to the success of this year’s book and we couldn’t have done it without you. I can only hope to run next year’s book as smoothly as you did this year.

You introduced me to the world of being an editor and I wouldn’t be where I am now without your guidance.

To seniors Claire Oullette, Alexis Echols, Alyssa Smith, and Trianna Shepherd, unfortunately, you never got the chance to take the field for your senior softball season. I would have been honored to take the field with you for one last season. I have learned so much from you four, not only the game of softball but also what it means to be a team, a family.

To the wrestling seniors, Amari Douglas, John Brown, La’Ron Ruffin, Trenton DiGenova, Brandon Fisher, Savanna Keskes, and Gabe Mosher, thank you for introducing me to one of my favorite sports to take pictures of. The Kearsley wrestling program will never be the same.

To seniors Stacia Tipton, Sydney Walker, and Raydoffa Braziel thank you for the best homecoming I’ve experienced so far. You have set the bar high for the upcoming seniors.

And most importantly, to seniors Connor Earegood and Elizabeth Taylor, thank you for making my first year on the Eclipse staff so much fun. You have prepared me for whatever comes at the Eclipse next.

I hope that next year’s paper will make you proud.

The class of 2020, in my opinion, is the best class to walk the halls of KHS and will be greatly missed.

Everyone wishes that this pandemic didn’t happen and that the seniors could have had a normal year. But this class has found a way to persevere through unprecedented times which makes them that more remarkable.

Thank you to the class of 2020 for showing me that no matter what life throws our way, we can always make the best of it.