Class of 2020: Audrey Sickles – Salutatorian, Schuylerville High School

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Schuylerville High School

Audrey Sickles

SALUTATORIAN

PARENTS: Raymond Sickles and Valerie Milonovich

COLLEGE OR OTHER PLANS: Attending Cornell University and studying Biology/ Animal Science

AFTER COLLEGE: Find a career in the field of biology, possibly veterinarian, pediatrician or another medical field.


WHAT IS IT LIKE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC: It’s not something that I envisioned myself experiencing. I’ve seen so many classes graduate and take part in the fun senior year festivities, and I was so excited to experience it all myself. In a lot of ways, the pandemic has been one of the biggest disappoints I’ve ever gone through. Not being able to interact face-to-face with my teachers and friends is frustrating and knowing I’ll never physically attend high school again is quite sad. The biggest realization is how much I took school for granted at times. I think that many students look forward to summer vacation and moving on from high school, but having it happen so suddenly has really caused me to regret wishing away my days in school. There isn’t much I wouldn’t give to have just one more normal day in school. I miss sitting in my classrooms, visiting my locker and seeing my friends. I think the hardest aspect of it all is not knowing what comes next. This is all uncharted territory, and there is no ability to predict when everything will go back to normal. The only thing we have to hold onto is each other, and the hope that we will still be able to have a physical graduation ceremony.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CLASSMATES THIS SEMESTER: I and my classmates learned that it is totally acceptable to need and ask for help. If you don’t understand something or are just lost, it is never wrong or looked down upon to ask someone for advice or help. We really relied on each other this year for support. I think that we all grew closer than ever before, and supported each other, which is so crucial for success.

WHAT IS A MEMORY OF YOUR SENIOR YEAR YOU’LL NEVER FORGET: I will never forget is making it to Sectionals with my volleyball team. I’ve played volleyball for many years, and the season has always been my favorite time of the school year. This past season was especially exciting because for the first time in six years, our varsity team qualified for sectional play. My teammates and I worked together very well and we bonded over many inside jokes and fun drills. It was such a fun season, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.

WHAT YOU WILL MISS MOST ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL: The people – my friends, football games, teachers.

WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER: Khalid, Blink-182, Weezer, Zac Brown Band, Vance Joy, Jack Johnson and John Mayer, classic rock.

BEST PART ABOUT GRADUATING: Freedom

WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU?: My dad.

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