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TO THE CLASS OF 2020

April, 29, 2020

As you enter the final month of your high school career, I would like to take a moment to speak to you, honor you, and address a few things that have been on my mind during this quarantine period. As I reflect back on my years spent serving you (most of you since you were young, budding musicians in the sixth grade), joyful memories and smiles flood my mind and heart.
While it’s been stated many times, we truly are in uncharted and unprecedented territory. There are only a handful of people still living who were alive when humanity last experienced something like this. It deeply saddens me that your class is the group of individuals that has to bear the brunt of this pandemic. If there were a way I could take the sorrow, pain, frustration, and worry from your hearts and minds, I would do it in a heartbeat! If I woke up one morning in late February or early March and someone would have told me what would occur these last two months, I would be devastated knowing that something invisible would take away so many milestones for you.
From missing OMEA District Band Contest, Winter Guard finals, our Disney spring break trip, prom, senior ceremonies, and potentially graduation, you have already suffered so much. The world tells you everything will be okay, and in time, it will. But unfortunately, that doesn’t relieve you of the hardships you have had to endure these last several weeks. I know it may seem futile to lift your head and press on, but knowing you as I have over the course of the last six years, I know in my heart that you will prevail.
You are an incredibly gifted, intelligent, and remarkable class with a work ethic that rivals the best. You bring joy to so many individuals whether it’s through your music, your guard performances, your jokes, or your stories. You have brought so much joy to me and countless other teachers, parents, and peers throughout your academic career, and for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Despite the hardships you have faced and despite the obstacles that face you after this final month of your high school career, the world is at your fingertips. Incredible opportunities await you and no amount of germs, infection, despair, or chaos will keep this class from achieving its dreams. You have worked incredibly hard for every merit and recognition you have received thus far, and will continue to receive in your final month of school. You deserve every bit of praise that comes your way!
I know I speak on behalf of the band staff, teachers, and faculty members when I say how proud I am of all your accomplishments, and for the women and men you have grown to be. For me, it has been nothing but an honor and privilege to have served you and to have been one of your band directors these last six years! I love you all and truly feel your pain and suffering during this time. Please know that despite all the losses you have endured, YOU are loved, valued, and appreciated for being YOU!
My sincere wish for you is that you will take the life skills and memories you have gained from being a member of the Springboro Band family in all your future endeavors. I pray that you will look back on your time here with fond memories and smiles. Please know you will be forever welcomed back with open arms, and we are so grateful and are all better individuals for having been graced by the Class of 2020!
With love and thanks until our paths cross again,
Mr. Palmer
“…throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
-Mark Twain

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