• Message from Ms. Aleisa:

    I decided to use the words of some famous musical artist to help convey my message to the senior class of 2020. While so many of the milestones you normally think of your senior year did not include a worldwide pandemic, instead you have endured the new and unusual and have become stronger more compassionate young men and young women. I pray you use this experience to continue to embrace those you meet who look different, speak different, pray differently and most of all, think differently than you. Consider the new and unusual, the creative, innovative, and artistic slice of life that will keep your dreams colorful, your life experiences humorous, and your hearts more loving.

    So in the words of Kelly Clarkson…

    “What doesn't kill you makes you stronger Stand a little taller Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone What doesn't kill you makes a fighter Footsteps even lighter Doesn't mean I'm over 'cause you're gone!:

    But like Audra Day, no matter the obstacle that comes your way,

    “I'll rise up I'll rise like the day I'll rise up I'll rise unafraid I'll rise up And I'll do it a thousand times again And I'll rise up High like the waves I'll rise up In spite of the ache I'll rise up And I'll do it a thousand times again For you For you For you For you

    Because you and all of the 2020 senior should believe like Queen that,

    “We are the champions, my friends And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end We are the champions We are the champions No time for losers 'Cause we are the champions of the world..”

    And when it seems as though life has thrown you a curve, it’s okay to vent and get it out of your system. Always remember that you can respectfully do as Sara Bareilles,

    “Say what you wanna say

    And let the words fall out

    Honestly, I wanna see you be brave

    With what you want to say

    And let the words fall out

    Honestly, I wanna see you be brave” 

    But there will come a time when you can just through caution to the wind and take the words of Bobby McFerrin to heart and simply,

    “don't worry

    (Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) be happy

    (Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don't worry, be happy

    (Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don't worry

    (Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) be happy

    (Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh) don't worry, be happy”

    Because through it all, as Gloria Gaynor reminds us,

    “I will survive

    Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I'll stay alive

    I've got all my life to live

    And I've got all my love to give and I'll survive

    I will survive, hey, hey”

    But no matter what, the ultimate release is to simply do as Lee Ann Womack encourages,

    “I hope you never lose your sense of wonder

    You get your fill to eat

    But always keep that hunger

    May you never take one single breath for granted

    God forbid love ever leave you empty handed

    I hope you still feel small

    When you stand beside the ocean

    Whenever one door closes

    I hope one more opens

    Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance

    And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

    I hope you dance

    I hope you dance

    Because, Christina Aguilera said and I wholeheartedly agree,

    You are beautiful no matter what they say

    Words can't bring you down (or a pandemic)...oh no

    You are beautiful in every single way

    Yes, words can't bring you down, oh, no

    So don't you bring me down today.”

     

    Go forth and be all that you are meant to be. Be sure to take the time to smell the flowers, feel the sun shine on your face and love.

     

    Blessings to you all Class of 2020!!

    Ms.Aleisa