DHS students recognize graduating seniors

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Senior Taylor Ellis and freshman Anna Haswell pose for a photo after a home volleyball match on Oct 15.

Lynlee Hutchison, News Editor

With the many unfortunate repercussions of  COVID-19 and the impact it has had on seniors nationwide, many De Soto High School students were quick to respond when asked to share the significance of the class of 2020.

From sports leadership to pure acts of kindness, a few DHS students want to thank individuals of the senior class for how they have impacted their high school experience.

A role model on and off the volleyball court, a freshman recognizes senior Taylor Ellis for her kindness and love for the game.

“Overall she is just a really sweet and welcoming person,” Freshman Anna Haswell said. “She helped show me where a few of my classes were at the beginning of the year which was very helpful.”

Freshman Erin Barr also sees Ellis as a strong candidate when thinking of senior leadership at DHS.

“Taylor helped me be a better player. She pushed me and made me realize I could step up and do more for the team,” Barr said.

With similar bonds being created among teammates from volleyball to baseball, senior Aaron Mackay is recognized for his positivity. 

“He was a huge role model for me playing baseball and always just had my back,” sophomore Will Thurman said. “Not being able to play with the seniors and Aaron this year is really hard as they brought a lot of talent to our team.” 

Positive energy is something the senior class did not lack and will be missed by many of the underclassmen. Junior Hayleigh Henderson specifically points out these acts shown on a daily basis by senior LaMyah Ricks.

“She always has a smile on her face and makes everyone around her be in a better mood,” Henderson said.“People like LaMyah will for sure be missed next year, but I know she will do great things in the future.” 

Junior Weston Madden wants to thank senior Quinlan Robke for her devotion to the Student Council. 

“She single-handedly got me to join STUCO after walking through the gym with all the tables set up with clubs [on freshman day],” Madden said. “[It] turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. It got me into volunteering, and now I serve over 20 hours a year.” 

As these are only a few of the wonderful seniors graduating from DHS in the class of 2020, all of them have made huge accomplishments and impacts on the community that can never be forgotten.