Class of 2020: Michaela Stockwell – Valedictorian, Fort Plain High School

Michaela Stockwell
Michaela Stockwell

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Fort Plain High School

Michaela Stockwell


PARENTS: Donald and Cheryl Stockwell COLLEGE OR OTHER PLANS: Le Moyne College

AFTER COLLEGE: I’m hoping to become a physician assistant

WHAT IS IT LIKE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC: Graduating during a global pandemic definitely has its challenges, but I’m looking towards the future with a positive attitude. Going online was tough at first, and I had to adjust to not seeing my classmates and teachers every day. The unique situation we’re in is what makes this year so special, but it also makes it that much more heartbreaking for the seniors graduating this year.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CLASSMATES THIS SEMESTER: This semester, I’ve come to recognize the strength and resilience of our class as a whole. Every day seemed to present a new challenge or difficulty that we had to overcome, and regardless of how stressed, frustrated or tired we were, we still were able to make the best of each and every situation (with some amazing support from the teachers).

WHAT IS A MEMORY OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR YOU’LL NEVER FORGET: I don’t think I’ll forget spirit week this year. It was so much fun dressing up every day and seeing what crazy outfits my classmates came up with. The dance we came up with was so much fun as well, and I don’t think I’ll ever listen to “It’s Tricky” the same ever again.

WHAT YOU WILL MISS MOST ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL: I will miss the small-school environment and personally connecting with my classmates and teachers the most. I never got to say a proper goodbye to everyone, and I wish I was able to do that before we left for good.

WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER: Honestly, I listen to a large variety of music, and it all depends on my mood.

BEST PART ABOUT GRADUATING: It’s exciting going into a new chapter in our lives, and I can’t wait to experience all that the world has to offer (or at least college, for now).

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU: My generation as a whole inspires me. With recent events especially, we’re not afraid to speak out on things we feel strongly about, and we are making changes so early in our lives. That alone inspires me and makes me feel like I can do anything in this world.


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