By Jocelyn Aalborg – Lake Powell, Utah …It is without question that Mile High Academy’s 2020 senior class has had a school year unmatched by any other. The last quarter of their final year should be spent on campus making senior year memories. Instead, seniors were told to remain home and classes shifted to remote learning.
The seniors interacted via Microsoft Teams and Zoom sessions to end their academic year. Graduation events were a combination of virtual and prerecorded, culminating in a unique, outdoor graduation ceremony to abide by the COVID-19 directives in place at that time. However, the one event that, although delayed, could not be canceled was the eagerly anticipated senior class trip to Lake Powell.
“The administration, class sponsors and senior parents were determined to give this remarkable class their overdue senior class trip,” said MHA principal Jamie Frain. “We are pleased to share that the class enjoyed six fun-filled days in house boats on Lake Powell.”
Highlights of the trip included tubing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, swimming, cliff jumping, playing games and cooking. Cell phone service was not available on the lake, so the seniors had an opportunity to disconnect and enjoy being together as a class.
“The trip was a nice way to be together one final time before they leave for different colleges next month,” said Lisa Venteicher, Mile High Academy’s 2020 senior class sponsor and upper school teacher. “We all missed making those final memories at the end of the school year.”
When it came time to pack up and head for home, most students said, “they didn’t want it to end and wished they could stay longer,” Venteicher added.
“This is a particularly special senior class,” Frain commented. “It is such a blessing for them to celebrate this milestone with their classmates. We wish them the best!”
—Jocelyn Aalboarg is Mile High Academy VP for finance and development; photos supplied