To the Class of 2022


Marlee Hughes

BCHS seniors wearing their future college gear for National College Decision Day.

Bailey Darbro, Jr. Editor

Graduation is nearly here. It feels as if just yesterday we were timid freshmen, gripping our schedules for dear life as we tried to navigate the hallways.

Freshman year was our only normal year of high school, and many may dwell on all that we missed due to the pandemic. However, it’s not the time to dwell on the past. The next chapter of our lives will begin soon, so let’s move forward and appreciate all that we’ve accomplished in high school.

The Class of 2022 is one of the strongest. Our sophomore and junior years were completely changed by COVID-19, and we were forced to abruptly adapt to virtual learning. March 13, 2020 will be forever ingrained in all of our minds. We persevered through remote learning and the toll of illness and death from the pandemic. We’re no strangers to masks, social distancing, and the six feet apart rule. Our class experienced immense stress and hardships, but we never gave up.

Living in unprecedented times makes us cherish the small aspects of life. Seeing our teachers in person again, cheering on the Colonels at games, and waiting for the bell to ring after each class. We have gained a new sense of normalcy. Life may never be what it was before the pandemic, but that’s okay. As the last two years have proven, we are capable of change. We’ve experienced unprecedented times and still overcame them. We’re stronger than ever because of the challenges we faced.

The two classes above us missed out on their last year of high school, but we didn’t. Our class was fortunate enough to experience senior year to its full capacity, with football games, pep rallies, and prom. Senior year may or may not have lived up to your expectations, but we’re nearing the bittersweet end. On May 27, it may be the last time you step foot on Bourbon County High School’s campus.

You’re about to experience many firsts. First day of college classes, first day of your new job, first time being on your own. You may feel anxious about life after graduation, but don’t forget about your support system. You have family, friends, co-workers, and teachers who are there to support you in all your endeavors. Don’t be afraid to try new things and branch outside your comfort zone. It’s always difficult to start something new, but you’ll ultimately be glad you did.

As you go forward in your life, whether you’re heading to college, a trade school, or wherever the wind takes you, remember to do so with an open mind and a full heart. Life is about to change drastically for all of us, and we’re each going to experience challenges and roadblocks. It’s important to stand strong and push forward. Life is a learning curve, not a test.

You don’t need to have all the answers right now. Spend all the time you need figuring out your interests and passions. Find what makes you excited to seize each day. The world will change you in ways you would never expect, but you shouldn’t fight it. Let it help you grow. We have been through so much in our four years here, but don’t let that hold you back. Every challenge presents a new opportunity for growth.

My fellow graduates, it’s time. Time for a new beginning. Time to make our mark on the world. The next chapter is finally here, and I can’t wait to see all you accomplish.