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By Melissa McDonald | Jun 19, 2020
Courtesy of: Linda Lord A lawn tribute to Neal Kenney, one of Brooks' graduating seniors.


Greetings. Hope this finds you all healthy and continuing to follow the COVID-19 guidelines. Distancing and masks are so important, and I'm glad to see most businesses are complying.

Congratulations to the class of 2020! Our Brooks graduates are Isaac Black, Cooper Collette, Alexander Gui, Neal Kenney, Hannah Oliver, Barriona Richardson, Brianna Tripp, Mark Ward and Alphonse Williams.

What a different and challenging time for them. We wish them all the best. Here is what some had to say about their senior year:

"The last three months of high school were supposed to be the best part of senior year. It would have included prom, a senior class trip, missing class for marching practice, a normal graduation and many other memorable experiences with my fellow classmates. When it was announced that Mount View High School would be doing remote learning for two weeks, everyone was excited. We did not know that after the two weeks we would lose our last months as seniors together. The past three months have been seen as a relaxed type of vacation, but as graduation approached, it started to become real that we would miss an experience that almost every single person in our lives has got to experience.

"The best part of high school was the people. Hauns Bassett, my advisory teacher, always told my homeroom to always be involved in the school activities, to make memories with our classmates because they will have the biggest impacts on our lives. The Mount View class of 2020 won Winter Carnival two years in a row. We all supported each other in whatever we wished to achieve. I will remember all the memories I made with my fellow classmates for the rest of my life and I am extremely grateful to have had such an amazing group of people as support.

"I plan to attend Kennebec Valley Community College this fall for accounting." — Brianna Tripp

"The last three months of high school were definitely not what I was hoping for, but they have given me somewhat of a jump start on life. My favorite part of high school was seeing everybody and talking to teachers/mentors. It's something I'll never get back which is weird to think about. My future plans are to jump into the working world and just get after it!" — Neal Kenney

"My last three months of high school didn't even feel like school. Due to COVID-19 I felt like I had already graduated way back in March. But I tried to be positive about it. I plan on going to college, and quarantine has allowed me to be able to prepare mentally and physically for college.

"Carols in the Round was easily my favorite part of high school. I loved being able to go to numerous churches, and I loved all the setting up once we arrived at the churches. I felt that I was actually making a genuine impact on my community, and that's something hard to come by.

"I plan to attend the University of Maine at Orono to pursue further music education. After college, I intend to be a chorus teacher for a high school." — Isaac Black

I have a request, so I will re-post this information:

As of this writing, Ralph's Cafe is open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for carry out/curbside pickup only. There are also picnic tables in the parking lot with appropriate spacing. You may call in your order beginning at 9 a.m. The menu is posted on their Facebook page and includes baked goods as well. Doughnuts are also available. 722-3236.

Until next time...peace.


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