Hello to everyone watching. I know this isn’t the way that our class was expecting to graduate at the beginning of our senior year, but I would like to thank all the moms, dads, grandparents, family, friends and teachers for supporting us throughout our lives and at this unusual time. For those who might not know who I am, my name is Chloe Arsenault and as a part of the class of 2020, I can say I am very proud of our small class of just over 30 students and we have made it! Today we are ending the past 13 years of elementary and high school, but we are also just starting a new chapter of our lives, whether some of us are going to college or straight into the workforce, we will all follow our own paths.
As our school year was coming to an end, there were changes to our learning at the end of the year that I and most of my class probably saw coming. Those changes were most likely inconvenient, challenging, and frustrating, but here we are today. There will be so many challenges in life and we have to face those challenges straight on and with our heads held high. Overcoming those challenges will not only make us stronger people, but it will make us want to push ourselves even further to accomplish what we want. Those accomplishments don’t only benefit ourselves, but also the people and the society around us where we can contribute amazing things.
Our class has had the opportunity to be a part of the community of Boothbay either our whole lives or for just a short while. The community in Boothbay is one that may not look the same as others, one that is small but mighty, one that supports and helps everyone in the town, one that comes together when celebrations or even tragedies occur. It is the people, our friends and families, in this community which have shaped us to be the strong and individual adults that we are today.
When I think about our class, we are like a small community. Although it may not feel like it because we are at a distance, we have become a family. After all of the challenges we’ve face this year, with the support of our loving family, friends and the community, I know that the class of 2020 can get through anything. So, once more, thank you to everyone out there for all of the support through this new and unusual time and congratulations to my fellow BRHS students.