Covid-19 has really rocked our world! Some great things have come of it like a renewed sense of value for our essential workers, family bonding, less pollution and more time spent on what “really matters.” However, there are some groups that have really gotten the short end of the stick through the timing of the global pandemic. The graduates are one of those groups.

“There was no warning! One day we were just told to pack up and leave.”

Every time I hear a testimonial like this it makes me so sad, especially for the graduates of high school and college. Your friends go in all directions after graduation. There’s usually time to mentally prepare. There are months and months to spend with your friends, time together on the baseball field or running track, performing on stage one last time, playing your instrument in that last concert and of course, walking across the stage celebrating together as you accept your diploma. These “lasts” have all been robbed from them and my heart breaks thinking about how I’d feel in their shoes.

I’m starting my own little celebration for each of the 2020 seniors I photographed as a small gesture to brighten their day.  First up is Ava. She’s a senior at Waukesha West High School. She is a talented athlete in basketball, tennis and track & field. Here’s a bit of what she had to say when I interviewed her…

What do you like to do for fun? I like to watch Tik Toks.

Senior girl in high school sitting on a fence smiling in a field

Proudest moment? My proudest moment was being accepted into the National Honor Society.

Post-graduation plans? After graduation I plan to attend Missouri State University to be an elementary school teacher.
Senior high school girl sitting on boardwalk at Cushing Park, Delafield
Favorite memory in High school? Getting to create such close friendships through playing sports.

How have you kept in touch with your friends during Covid-19? By FaceTiming them nearly every day.
High school senior in white jumper looking at camera with basketball in field in Delafield, Wisconsin
What have you learned about yourself during quarantine? That I really enjoy making crafts such as, tie-dying, making beaded bracelets and other DIYs.

What is the first thing you’ll do after the quarantine is over? Go wander around Target with my best friends.High school senior smiling with mom in field in Delafield, Wisconsin

What is your quarantine must-have? My bible.High school senior girl smiling at camera in yellow dress sitting on split rail fence in field in Delafield, Wisconsin

This or that:
Movies or TV? Movies
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
Mountains or ocean? Ocean
Morning person or night owl? Night owl
Winter or summer? Summer
Snapchat or Instagram? Instagram
Dog or cat? Cat
High school senior in smiling at camera downtown Delafield, Wisconsin, urban senior session

I loved getting to know you during our time together exploring beautiful Delafield, Wisconsin,  Ava! Show some love to her in the comments below to help her celebrate the rest of her senior year and after!

Julie Collins Photography is an Oconomowoc Senior Photographer located in beautiful Lake Country, WI who loves capturing true emotions and candid moments that help tell the story of the seniors she works with.
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