Getting to Know the Class of 2019

By Bethany Lee

The junior class is unlike any other. For one thing, they were caught in the unfortunate situation of being the third graduating class. “I think they’re at a little bit of a disadvantage because they’ve always had two classes above them for five years. Last year’s class was like the seniors for five years. They were the leaders of everything, they were the presidents of everything,” math teacher Evan Beyer said.

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Talking Man Business: At the National Honor Society Induction, eleventh grader Jackson Packard, Kyle Griffin, Caleb Anderson, and Mason Gregory watch as an audience fills the benches of the upper school multi-purpose room. Photo taken by Lisa Stroud.

Additionally, since the high school was added events like the annual dance moved up with the two oldest classes, which meant the current juniors were always one year too late. “In a way, we kind of got the short end of the stick,” eleventh grader Jackson Packard said. “Especially for last year’s seniors, and now this year’s seniors. Pretty much we were always behind them in everything and social events and everything started to move up and up with them and we were just like, ‘Okay.’”

 

The separation between the juniors and the two classes above them made some students feel like they were being compared to the other grades. “It’s not that we’re mediocre, it’s that the ones before us were not,” Caleb Anderson said.

 

“I think we’re kind of easily forgotten,” Maddie Singleton said. “We’re unremarkable.”

 

Beyer disagreed: “I don’t think that’s true. I think there are some really talented students in their class and even if they feel like as a whole class that they’re not a ‘standout class’ or something they each individually have gifts and talents.” Beyer’s advice to the current juniors is, “Keep being faithful, even though you may feel like you’re in a shadow right now because you have grades above you because next year it will be your turn to step up and be the leaders.”

 

Fortunately, as the upperclassmen adjust to the changes of this school year, they are becoming closer than they have been in the past. “In just the last few months I feel like there is already more camaraderie between our two classes,” twelfth grader Gracie Ziegelmann said. “I think we’ve realized that we can make some really good friends and memories here.”

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I Got You, Bro: Eleventh grader Josh Furlough plays catch in the hallway. Picture taken by Bethany Lee.

It’s difficult to define the juniors in any one way because the most unique thing about their class is every student’s individual personalities. Out of all the grades in the school, their class has probably had the most changes in terms of students. Since middle school, they have gone from twenty-four students to nine, which changes the dynamic in the classroom.

 

“You get one side of the spectrum and then you get the other and then it’s everything in between of different personalities,” eleventh grader Kyle Griffin said. Only a few students have been at Christ Covenant since elementary school, and many came in the last few years, but every student in their class adds something different to the school, whether it’s leadership or goofiness or athletics or big trucks.

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You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Every day at lunch, twelfth grader Laney Rivera and eleventh grader Maddie Singleton sit in the exact same spot with a few other girls, completing homework and cracking jokes. Because there are only three girls in the junior class, many of their close friends are from other grades. Photo taken by Bethany Lee.

The Christ Covenant faculty sees the juniors as a great addition to the school. “We’re all made in the image of God and we’re all God’s masterpiece. Although we may have different talents and skills and abilities, God loves each one of us equally. As a teacher they’re my brothers and sisters in Christ as much as any of the students in the school,” humanities teacher Jon Alder said.

 

“I love the juniors,” Beyer said, “Yay class of 2019!”