The Class of 2020 will have some very unusual memories to reflect on at reunions for years to come, but for now the moment, with sports officially over, there is graduation to think about.
Luke Fredrick is one of those seniors who played their final game in a Badger uniform back in March.
“It was over so quickly and we could do nothing about it,” said Fredrick. “We were all looking forward to a great season, and knew we had the talent to compete for the region championship this year.”
Fredrick has been playing baseball for 11 years now, and had this to say about the experience. “Personally the game impacted my life in a huge way. This season was all I looked forward to going into my senior year and having that taken away is upsetting, because this is a year I’ve worked so long to be apart of. The season being cancelled is a huge disappointment to all of us.“
Being a senior, you come into the season realizing it is your last year as a Badger. How did you approach it. “I pushed myself really hard this off season to become the player I want to be, and I wanted our team to make a run in state because I knew we had the talent.“
What are your plans for the immediate future. Fredrick said, “After looking over my offers, I’ve decided to go play baseball at Gateway CC in Phoenix.“
Fredrick had this to say about his skipper. “Also I would like to say that Coach Winslow is the best Coach all of us have ever had, and it’s hard having our time cut short with him as well.“
School administrators are working on plans for a traditional commencement ceremony that would take place at Bill Shepard Field, along with Grad Night, sometime in August.
Prescott High School Principal Mark Goligoski said, “We are grateful for all the love and support the community had shown for our graduating seniors. This certainly wasn’t how anyone planned for an ending to high school for these hard working students.”
On May 22, which was originally scheduled as Graduation Day, PUSD will be sharing a celebration video honoring the graduates. Goligoski said, “We are asking all students, parents, family members, teachers, community leaders, and administrators to upload videos, images, and messages fro our senior video.”
Banners are being hung up around town to acknowledge the graduates and yard signs of each senior are being printed and donated by Sir Speedy. “Thank you Danielle Rickert at Sir Speedy and the PUSD Education Foundation for this generous gift,” added Goligoski. “
Community members can participate in the Facebook Adopt-A-Senior Program to show support for graduating seniors in the Tri-City Area. Join the Facebook group of “Tri-City AZ and adopt a High School Senior c/o 2020”, to adopt a senior, or add your graduating child for adoption.