Pinewood's Class of 2020 had a senior year unlike any other. Over the past two months, these seniors showed their character and resilience in the face of incredibly unique circumstances. With that in mind, the Pinewood Alumni Association collected words of encouragement for the newest group of Pinewood alumni.
We thank each alumna and alumnus who took the time to share their words with the Class of 2020!
"Pinewood students have always been resilient and innovative, and the class of 2020 is no different. This year may not have been what you imagined, but you will always have each other, your Pinewood memories, and a great education. You've got this, class of 2020! Congratulations!"
- Perrin (Cothran) Conrad '90
"Class of 2020, you are destined to do unimaginably great things because you are doing what no other class has done before you!"
- Heather (Harris) Barnard '06
"Don’t let college or wherever life takes you discourage you, you are where you’re supposed to be in life, and if it doesn’t feel right follow your heart, it’ll lead you to the happiest place you could be!"
- Emily Dial '19
"Congrats! Tough times never last, but tough people do. Continue to work towards your goals and dreams!! Best of luck in this new chapter of life."
- Anna King '18
“First of all, congrats Class of 2020! All of you have been through a lot but you pushed through. This may have been a step back but it has taught you to never give up. You will never forget having to finish off your senior year at home instead of on campus. Never stop pushing to your goals.”
- Connor Campbell '18
"Class of 2020, first and foremost, congratulations! You made it! Being a Pinewood graduate is a huge honor, and one that you should be proud of. Everyone is excited to see where life's next steps will take each and every one of you from here. However, I'd be crazy if I left my message to you all as that without acknowledging our current situation. I'm so sorry that your senior year of high school didn't turn out the way you had thought or planned. You missed out on so many memories and events that seniors before you were able to experience and cherish. I'm sure the phrase 'it's not fair' has been on repeat in your head for the past few months, and I agree, it isn't fair. I agree with this as a Pinewood senior who did get to experience those memories, but also as a college senior who missed out on her last few months of college and is still searching for that closure. But if there is anything that I have learned these past few years in college is that the unexpected happens, and we are not always willing to invite it in when it arrives. The unexpected messes with our plans and dreams. However, I'd encourage you to not dwell on the things you missed, but cherish the memories and time you did have, knowing that you impacted more people than you could possibly imagine. While the unexpected is inconvenient and usually not welcome, I promise that you will learn more about yourself in this time and will find yourself in a place you never dreamed possible. Hold onto this and know that we all bear the hurts and disappointments you face together, and somehow I hope that will make it a lighter load to carry. Again, congratulations Class of 2020! Welcome to the Alumni Association!"
- Rebecca Byrd '16
"I love all of my classmates and I’m going to miss y’all so much. You’re going to do great things and I can’t wait to keep track of all y'alls progress! I love all my teachers too, you’ve done a great job in shaping me to be a future teacher, I hope to one day tell my future students a story from each one of my classes and tell them I had great influences. Thank you, Pinewood, for being my second home and making me feel loved, I was blessed to be a student here."
- Gracie Hendrix '20