Here’s how she explains the personal impact of this work:
“For four years, I photographed our rowdy student body decked out in black and gold, our victories, our losses and everything else in between. To me, this particular photo represents our current state of emotions as high school seniors during this global health crisis. In the photo, a senior student enters Arapahoe High School to gather belongings from her locker on March 23, 2020. Behind her is the memory of the 2019-2020 Wild Warrior Women that chanted through the halls last fall during homecoming week.”
She originally posted the image and her note (below) on her “not-very-active personal photo site” but soon her peers shared the post organically with other members of the senior class.
“Our spring semester full of promise and celebration, in a matter of weeks, has become a source of grieving.
We made the most of our firsts but are anxious about losing the chance to cherish our lasts. Because we unapologetically pour our hearts in our work, our activities and our friendships.
This year, we finally took our seats in the senior section, stormed through the halls roaring, ‘This is our house,’ and stepped up as the leaders of Arapahoe. This was our time to make our final marks as Warriors. All 522 of us have made an impact on Arapahoe High School. Whether you’ve been performing on stage or competing on the field. Whether you started a new club or smiled at someone in the hallway.
We planned to play our hearts out on the field, make state in our clubs, dance ’til we dropped at prom and see our friends for what could be the last time. But, ultimately, we all looked forward to graduation. The time to celebrate each other’s accomplishments and bright futures.
The time for our teachers — the supporting pillars in our lives — to witness that we’d overcome the hardships we thought we couldn’t beat.
A lot of us are hurting right now but, Class of 2020, we will finish our senior year and we will celebrate our successes very soon and hopefully belt out our class song ‘September’ together.”