2020: A Year in Review

We asked UHS students: What is one memory you will always have of 2020?

2020: A Year in Review

Leon Adams II- “Bonding with family during lockdown and really finding myself during quarantine.”

Manasi Agisgekar- “My friends.”

Trinity Allen- “The months in between school quarantine and summer.”

Kenyon Baldwin- “One memory I have of 2020 is going on bike rides with my family and all getting ice cream in the summer.”

Celeste Batiste- “Going into lockdown March 14, or going to protests.”

Charles Beadle- “Probably getting accepted to my dream college. That or one of the flights I did. There was one flight I did a couple months ago. I went up just after a storm had finished passing through, and ended up flying to Front Royal Virginia. Flying pretty much at 3000 feet, just watching the sun slowly begin to set and the clouds off in the distance with barely a gust of wind was incredible.”

Eric Benitez- “I went to El Salvador for about 2 weeks.”

Christian Bishop- “Staying up late and playing video games with friends.”

Morgan Blood- “The amount of teenagers that developed depression because of quarantine.”

Kiera Breisch- “I’ll always remember hanging out with my family and making baked goods during quarantine.”

Alexandra Broadhurst- “Going on a road trip to Minnesota with my best friend and her family.”

Rayah Burge- “My family and I went on a two week road trip cross country.”

Summer Campbell- “Waking up early in the summer to watch the sunrise.”

Ember Carrera- “I’ll always remember the Friday the thirteenth that marked the beginning of a new era in my life. Quarantine started and we said goodbye to the halls of UHS for a long time.”

Talon Cruz- “I will always remember a conversation I had a couple of weeks before the schools shut down. At a set build for the musical, I made a joke about the spreading of Covid being the apocalypse, and my friend assuring me that it isn’t the end of the world. I often consider texting him, “I told you so.”

Caroline Cummings- “I’d probably say a memory i have of 2020 would be going to school everyday and getting to see all my friends and my favorite teachers and now realizing how much i miss it.”

Aliyah Cupeta- “A memory I will carry with me is the feeling of remembrance towards high school pre-covid, but also the fun summer memories created despite the circumstances.“

Lauren Custer- “I will remember how different this year was compared to past years.”

Ashley Day-“the day two weeks turned into the rest of the school year.”

Sandra DeBoy- “I will always remember seeing my friends the first time we were allowed to. It was so nice to see them in person and to be able to talk in person!”

Patrick DiMisa- “The Repetitiveness of everything and how everything blended together.”

Ibukun Fagbohun- “Definitely, the election.”

Audrey Gammos- “The difficulty of trying to speak/ recognize people when they wear their masks.”

Ava Gayowski- “Doing an open mic in downtown Frederick with my sister… It was our best performance yet.”

Izzy Lowery-  “One memory I will always have from 2020 was knowing I wasn’t going back to school after the two weeks.”

Lindize Gordon- “The Thursday before we were told to leave school when there were rumors about someone having COVID in the school–it was super creepy.”

Saniah Gray- “the change of school schedule.”

Katatina Griffis- “Besides the pandemic, I would say traveling to Montana with my family.”

Oliva Gustafson- “In March, when we found out we weren’t going back to school. I was at track practice.”

Serene Henry- “I specifically remember the last day of school in March, when we thought it was only going to be two weeks of quarantine, which acceded to now.”

Jordan Hyde – “Taking the AP exams at home.”

Samantha Jones – “Volunteering at a Halloween Trick or Treat event. It was pouring down rain, but I enjoyed it.”

Olivia Keller  – “Finally getting to go back to track practice, which made it feel almost like everything was normal again and let me experience the joys of high school for a few hours a week.”

Sean Kelty – “I’ll never forget how much time I’ve spent in bed whether it be doing schoolwork or just being flat out bored.”

Ashley Kight – “I will remember going on walks and watching movies with my family everyday.”

Jessica Kilgore – “One memory is before COVID in February we had our state meet for indoor track and I’ll always remember the bus ride there. Everyone was nervous and excited and then we were all happy and celebrating on the bus ride home. I think COVID made it even more memorable because sports got cancelled after COVID so it made me appreciate being able to compete and celebrate with my team even more.”

Olivia Koogle – “When I went to see Cats with a group of friends in late January.”

Aahana Kothandaraman – “My memory from this year would probably be my first ambulance call I got to respond to.”

Hannah Kurylo – “When my friends, Olivia, Sam, and I were planning something for homecoming at Starbucks after months of not seeing each other.”

McKenna Ladson – Being able to take lots of trips and vacations and making lots of memories because of online school.

Rachael Lee – Facetiming people during quarantine because I couldn’t see them

Victoria Lee – “Lack of seeing friends or having to constantly adjust my mask because it was always too big.”

Paige Leishman – I went on a road trip w Sydney to WV for a few days

Candy Lin – The shutdown and the wold just stopping, all of a sudden.

Dorian Loretto – “Let’s go!  We get two weeks off!”

Hasita Madduri – “I was at a club competition in March, and I will never forget finding out that we were off from school for two weeks while we were there and being sent home from the competition.”

Daniel McDonald IV – “Getting my puppy, Rocky”

Madeline McGee- “I will always have the memory of wearing a mask when I leave the house.”

Daniel McNerney – “Pushing myself to spend more time on my health/fitness than any other year!”

Koby Morales – “Hate Trump”

Madison Moran – “Not having to go to school

Christine Moreno – “Getting a cat”

David Moreno – “I think the most memorable part of 2020 was the intensity of the election”

Olivia Moxley – “One good memory that I have of 2020 is going to the beach with my grandma and fam to get away from all of the craziness thats going on 😁”

Abigail Mukete – “My most memorable moment in 2020 is having a family gathering over zoom.”

Taylor Pelicano – “I will always have from 2020 is sitting and playing board games with my family.”

Allison Peterson – “I will have the memory of having to try out for cheer in masks because of Covid.”

Lon Pierson – “Playing Animal Crossing in March.”

Stephanie Potisk – “Getting my driver’s license”

Rion Prugh – “My most memorable moment in 2020 was baking with my family for Christmas.”

Peter Radzikevich – “I got to see my first Broadway shows in January before the shutdown.”

Omar Sabra – “Just the way that society has been forced into technology in many respects, like how businesses started using contactless pickup. I’m excited for what the future holds!”

Nuhad Samad – “One memory I will always have from this year is back in March when the virus started spreading and a lot of things were being cancelled. I was looking forward to a lot of things. When lockdowns started it left a bad taste in my mouth that hasn’t really gone away yet.”

Henry Shapiro – “One memory I’ll always have is trying to fix my sleep schedule for all of virtual school.”

Gabriella Shaw – “Being told during musical rehearsals that we were going to be gone for two weeks and thinking to myself ‘yay, two weeks of sleep!'”

Madison Sheffield – “My memory from 2020 was going to disney in february i swear i didn’t go during the pandemic”

Kyle Sheives – “Having so many games delayed, that sucked.”

Isabella Slyman – “The first FaceTime I had with friends on March 13, the first day of quarantine–it was nice to exchange thoughts and reactions and connect with people I trusted while so many things couldn’t be relied on anymore.”

Nicholas Smale – “Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Rachel Smoln – “How happy I am because I was able to spend so much time with my family.”

Page Stapleton – “Probably the last time [before the pandemic] I ran out to get food with friends right before a glee club performance at the middle school and I went to burger king with a few friends and we were all talking about where we were going with glee club and that was the last time I was out since march I think.”

Lauren Tulis – “Getting a truck.”

Hudson Van Amburg – “Landing my first kickflip.”

Evan Williams – “I would have to say it would be having a smaller than normal Thanksgiving with the same amount of food, it was a fun night with a lot of people missing but we still had fun, especially when I just kept going back for food all night.”

Morgan Williams – “Even though it was a crappy year, I learned the value of true friends.”

Teagan Wootton – “Our last day of school in march, when they came over the announcements to tell us.”

Alexis Yim – “My most memorable moment of 2020 was having a socially distanced outdoor picnic with a small group of friends the day before virtual school started. It was nice to see them and talk about what we did over the summer, how this pandemic impacted us, and what our hopes were for the upcoming school year. I think meeting with them brought my hopes up a bit and let me know that I wasn’t alone in my troubles.”

Rebecca Allen – “Sitting in school when they announced school was out for 2 weeks and we were so excited cause we thought it would be a nice short break. ”

Winter Allison – “Getting closer with my friends and family during these tough times.”

Ameer Aziz – “Being locked up for 9 months.”

Ashmita Babu – “Probably the last day of school before the shutdown last year.”

Audrey Bastian – “Craziness! And the fact that we thought this would only last two weeks.”

Mara Bell – “I’ll always remember being able to band together with my friends, peers, and people in my community to fight for racial justice.”

Sumedha Bhat – “One memory I will always have from 2020 is making pizza with my family”

Emma Blessing – “For me, I will always remember being in quarantine”

Alexander Bokelman – “I got my first job.”

Daniella Bowie – “Face-timing with friends around holidays and doing virtual movie nights. Overall just connecting more with family and friends.”

Megan Braun – “Eating Thanksgiving dinner with my dad and not seeing alot of my family this time of year.”

Lauren Broder – “One memory that I won’t forget for 2020 was the day that they told us we won’t be having any more school. At the moment, it was a good thing and I was happy that we didn’t have school. I actually wasn’t at school the last two days because of my allergies and stuff. (ps it wasn’t Covid) However, online school was okay yet there were a lot of experiences that were missed which is a little upsetting. Everything was stressful. ”

Kimberly Bucknor – “The presidential election!”

Logan Burge – “I will never forget my trip with my family. We had to drive away from Bison, we got lost in the middle of nowhere for 5 hours and had to get saved. But we made amazing memories and many inside jokes. It made me appreciate and love my family more.”

Alicia Clerch – “The last day we were in school, everyone thought we were just going to have a long break and be back in two weeks but i remember being so happy and chill in every class.”

Hailey Cline – “Being excited to get out of school for two weeks. Those two weeks turning into months and being introduced to online school.”

Ivy Coldren – “I think I’ll always remember the moment I found out the election had finally been called. I was with my best friend and someone texted her about it so we looked it up and there it was! We started freaking out and running around celebrating 😂”

Jada Collins – “Visiting my family was memorable in 2020, having to follow all the COVID rules.”

Bella Costanzo – “Getting into new hobbies and figuring out what I want to do with my life.”

Maggie Cowan – “Driving to 4 different stores just to try and find toilet paper”

Gabriela Crespo – “Being able to work on myself mentally and physically.”

Caroline Croft – “A memory I’ll always have from 2020 is us having to fake a homecoming with barely anyone and not even being able to go inside, I’ll always have the pictures of us wearing masks and have that story to tell.”

Lindsey Croghan – “Probably going to the beach with my friends.”

Jack Crosby – “Getting my first camera!”

Noah Cummings – “I’ll just say the creativity that goes into those activities and other co-curricular groups after and outside of school due to the times.”

Craig Davis – “When I was surfing this summer and I was riding down the line of a wave and a school of dolphins was surrounding me and my friends. It was just a cool experience.”

Audrey Dean – “All the calls with my friends, and the way I had to alter my life to still be yours but with a whole pandemic mixed into it.”

Richard Delasan – “The first day of online school”

Nathaniel El Taher – “Ok well the most memorable thing about 2020 that I will never forget what I was doing would probably be coming out of my soccer game and no one was there to pick me up so I was just there alone and then I call my step mom and she is crying and tells me Patrick my step brother died. But a happy moment would probably be going to top golf with my friends and family for my birthday.”

Stella French – “Probably the day before the pandemic when I saw my friends for the last time.”

Stephanie Gartz – “dying at stupid jokes at softball tournaments”

Tatiana Grant – “Making the highschool JV lacrosse team and meeting a lot of new people during covid and learning more about myself.”

Julia Gustafson – “Being stuck in the house for 8 months.”

Cianna Heckler – “The first day of school virtually”

Jared Huseby – “not wanting to be in 2020”

Elif Karakus  – “Summer because I got a lot closer with friends and I started a lot of new hobbies.”

Amogh Kashyap – ” It’s prolly the night when I realized and learnt a lot of things about myself and what I want to be. I realized that I don’t want a 9-5 job or to work for anyone. I want to start a business and work for myself. I also learnt that I would do anything to make my dreams a reality. I also realized another thing that night. Nobody’s really there for you, no matter what happens, as long as you are there for yourself, you’ll be fine.”

Divija Katakam – “I wasted like six months doing nothing and i also started watching anime”

Gabriel Khawaja – “How dissimilar it was to be 6-feet away from all the people you love the most and at family gatherings.”

Mary Kolb – “Working on the farm , with the animals and just having fun at home trying to make the best of everything. Finding myself and taking time just for me. Also theater in general because even though we are on line we still are ourselves and we still are laughing like we always do!”

Seraphim Kozlov – “For me it has to be my first time ever driving a car”

Sarah Lawrence – “The Disney Trip the band took in February.”

Ayva Levow – “The time I went into Giant and saw +20 people raiding the toilet paper aisle (one of whom wasn’t wearing a mask)”

Abigail Logan – “one memory i will always have from 2020 is dressing in the way i like for the first time and finally feeling truly myself”

Hannah Longo – “probably being able to see my friend again after quarantine.”

Paige Magill – “A memory I will always have is the coronavirus having a huge impact on my life and having to social distance because that’s something I thought would never happen and especially online school I will always have that memory of just being isolated”

Sarah Mansoor  – “The summer time, because it showed me that even under the worst circumstances people will still try to find joy in what they are doing, like when I got to see my friends obviously taking precautions I was still happy. So realizing that taking care of yourself and others there are still ways to get around”

Leah Martinez – I think one memory I’ll always have from this year is working on the It’s a Wonderful Life crew. It’s been really enjoyable and it’s my first show at UHS so I’ll for sure keep that memory for a long time.

Eva Mason – “biking around dc near the white house and seeing broken windows, graffiti, people with masks, posters, blasting music, and black lives matter painted on the street.”

Cindy Max-Grant – “One memory I will have from 2020 is our last day of school because of covid. Honestly I was really happy but I didn’t know how much it would change my life. Also my 16th birthday because it wasn’t what I would’ve thought I would have when I was younger. In my family we always have big birthdays and everyone from around the us and England would come but COVID changed that. So I had a small bday but I was still happy to have it.”

Gabriella Mbaoua – “I’ll probably remember the first read through of It’s a Wonderful Life because I remember being really excited because it was the most exciting thing that I had done during the school year.”

Sarah Mendes  – “Getting a dog!”

Agnny Morant  – “Biking around town with friends every day.”

Madison Muragaki – “My sweet sixteen sleepover with my two best friends.”

Kyran Nickens – “Mostly taking scenic drives in the country and watching sunsets instead of going out with a lot of people or vacations.”

Vivian Oh- “Playing Uno in algebra one class during some break.”

Julianna Ohler – “Probably having to take ballet class in zoom for months.”

Helena Ortiz- “One memory I won’t forget is going on a covid friendly vacation with my friends. It was weird to have to quarantine and take part in all of the procedures to make it safe but it was also so much fun!!”

Yasmine Peralta- “When my family had a covid scare I will never forget about that.”

Olivia Perera- “I will always remember the last day of school before school.”

Tyler Pilat- “My favorite memory would be playing guitar with my dad for the first time.”

Vanessa Posse-Mir- “Finally being confident in myself and actually showing it”

Delaney Reefe- “I would say thanksgiving just because i was used to having so much family come over and this year we had only immediate family”

Holden Reinsfelder- “Probably the kindness of people wanting to help others in their communities during such a difficult time”

Theo Robinson- “Driving around in a go-cart at night, blasting music. That was pretty epic.”

Myris Rochez – “For me, it’s the toilet paper shortage. It was probably the most hilarious and stressful thing about the pandemic.”

Alana Rodriguez- “Spending all of quarantine with my cousin”

Veronika Rosen- “One memory I will always have from 2020 is just the summer, it was the best time I’ve ever had.”

Namya Shah – “I will remember the last day of school before covid and seeing my friends for the first time and going out before covid and seeing people wear masks for the first time.”

Marie Sheets – “”The first good memory from 2020 was very last minute, I took my first New York trip with one of my friends seeing a Broadway show.”

Zachary Sherwood – “The day we got out of school in March for covid.”

Caitlin Sigler – “Either my mom leaving for work or my family’s StayLiquid2020 Disney trip!”

Nyah Smart – “One memory that i will always have from 2020 is when I  went to Emerald Isle North Carolina and spent hours of our day on a boat just touring around the inlet traveling to different mini islands that all had a historical background.”

Mackenzie Steinheimer – “My favorite memory of 2020 was seeing my nephew for the first time and getting to hold him.”

Maria Sulmonte – “Covid.”

Kai Swing – “Partying with my friends, not a specific time just in general.”

Dabria Taylor – “Waking up to the same day on repeat for 9 months, the same feelings, the desire for variety or for something new to happen, letting false images and depictions of people control the way I feel. Ravioli.”

Mudra Thakkar – “One memory I will always have is the last day of school before quarantine started.”

Ethan Truszkowski – “Spending 6 hours a day on tik tok.”

Angelina Tudor – “My family members passing away.”

Carmen Vega – “Finally getting to see my extended family when spending thanksgiving with them in a socially-distanced gathering. :)”

Jena Vernon – “Having more than a semester of online school.”

Jack Vicari – “I really liked binging a bunch of new shows.”

Curtis Wang – “Sleeping in.”

Emily Wang – “Being cooped in the house for so long and wishing that I didn’t take life for granted before.”

Charlotte Wilson – “One memory I will always have from 2020 is when my family and I were stuck in our house for such a long time and got to spend quality time together. This was a brighter side to Covid.”

Alex Zheng – “Using school for my sleep schedule.”

Joshua Zhu – “Eating a lot of food while in class.”

Sarah Agnello – “Going to Cunningham Falls with three of my friends after getting off crutches!”

Kaitlyn Grover – “Being in the Little Mermaid and blocking ‘The Contest’ scene.”

Genesis Hanson – “Moving to a new house.”

Caitlin Herman – “I spent a lot of money on online shopping.”

Minsi Hu – “A memory I’ll have from 2020 is that 2020 was the year of the rise of VTubers and Genshin Impact— oh yeah 2020 was also the year when i stopped caring about school.”

Galila Ibrahim – “My most memorable moment was the day they announced we were going into quarantine, I was on a field trip for FBLA and we had just gotten into our hotel rooms. Everyone was panicking and trying to figure out what’s happening and our advisor just told us to get on the bus and return back to the school. It was such a memorable day because it showed me just how quickly an amazing day filled with friends and laughter can turn scary and hectic.”

Madeline Ireland – “Virtual school because it has been one of the most stressful experiences of my entire life, but it has taught me independence and self discipline.”

Niharika Kalkeri – “The first day it snowed.”

Collin Kinnelly – “I’ll remember the first time that I drove.”

Jolie Li – “The first day of online school.”

Rowan Lippy – “One memory I will always have from 2020 is going to my dance studio with a mask on and learning how to dance with it. “

Alexis Main – “I will never forget having to wear masks everywhere.”

Jesse Martin – “The fact that the COVID shutdown started on Friday the 13th.”

Lucia Mercado Santos – “Coronavirus 100%, lockdown, and being stuck at home”

Kennedy Morton – “being stuck at home, Tik Tok, and going to a new school”

Erin Osei-Asante – “I remember being in school and how happy it made me.”

Katerina Panichas – “One memory I will always have from 2020 is living through a national pandemic.”

Elaina Pharaoh – “COVID-19”

Julia Gustafson – “Being stuck in the house for 8 months.”

Kiera Breisch – “I’ll always remember hanging out with my family and making baked goods during quarantine.”

Aliyah Cupeta – “A memory I will carry with me is the feeling of remembrance towards high school pre-covid, but also the fun summer memories created despite the circumstances.”

Lauren Custer – “I will remember how different this year was compared to past years.”

Ibukun Fagbohun – “Definitely, the election.”

Audrey Gammons – “The difficulty of trying to speak/ recognize people when they wear their masks.”

Katarina Griffis – “Besides the pandemic, I would say traveling to Montana with my family.”

Olivia Gustafson – “In March, when we found out we weren’t going back to school. I was at track practice.”

Serene Henry – “I specifically remember the last day of school in March, when we thought it was only going to be two weeks of quarantine, which acceded to now.”

Samantha Jones – “Volunteering at a Halloween Trick or Treat event. It was pouring down rain, but I enjoyed it.”

Ashley Kight – “I will remember going on walks and watching movies with my family everyday.”

Olivia Koogle – “When I went to see Cats with a group of friends in late January.”

Hannah Kurylo – “When my friends, Olivia, Sam, and I were planning something for homecoming at Starbucks after months of not seeing each other.”

Madeline McGee – “I will always have the memory of wearing masks whenever I left the house.”

Taylor Pelicano – “I will always havethe memory of sitting and playing board games with my family.”

Allison Peterson – “I will have the memory of having to try out for cheer in masks because of Covid.”

Hudson Van Amburg – “Landing my first kickflip.”

Chaeli Vega– “One memory I’ll always have from 2020 was being voted captain in lacrosse!”

Kyle Wilder– “Probably building my computer.”

Sarah Woo– “Online school and all the stuff I did during quarantine. I also remember that Thanksgiving was different from any other year.”

Aleksandra Zvaners– “A memory i will always have of 2020 is the first time my family went grocery shopping after the lockdown (in March) and everyone was wearing a mask. It was very surreal.”

Kayden Ayers – “Coronavirus, online school, and the election.”

Madelyn Behling – “I made some pretty close friends and I got to be part of a radio show.”

Alexander Bokelman – “I got my first job.”

Maia Bell – “The last day of school.”

William Brookes – “The very first rehearsal. Not only was it a new environment being a part of a high school production, but the fact that it was all virtual made the experience really odd but unique. It was an environment that took getting used to, but I eventually felt right at home due to all the awesome people in the production.”

Albert Crabbe – “The one and only, yours truly, coronavirus.”

Gabrielle Dwoskin – “My birthday was only a few weeks after the pandemic and since we couldn’t hang out, my friends surprised me by decorating my lawn and driveway! They painted rocks and made cards for me and it was so meaningful that they went out of their way to make my birthday special even when we couldn’t see each other.”

Icie Favata – “Trump losing the election”

Natalina Fisher – “Probably online school and having to be more independent school wise.”

Madison Gombos – “One memory I will always have from 2020 is when I went clay shooting in November.”

Miranda Harvey – “How school got rid of the rest of my motivation”

Nicole Kenney – “The first day of online school, because it was such a wack experience and i’ve never done anything like it.”

Jackson Lowery – “When it was first announced that we would be having weeks off of school.”

Carmella Magnanelli – ¨One memory is when I went to topsail NC for vacation¨

Grace Martin – “Binging the Vampire Diaries.”

Madison McMillian – “Most of the memories are bad, but a good one was going kayaking and camping.”

Matthew Pearson – “I will always remember how Virtual School began. It is something that I bet nobody will ever forget. It has been a hard time for everyone, but we can still thrive at school, no matter where we are, we can still make everyone proud.”

Nathaniel Rivera – “I enjoyed the time I could spend with my family, and the wonderful efforts people have put into our education so we can continue to learn! *cough* Ms Johnson and Ms Davis *cough*”

Michael Shea – “Going to play golf for the first time.”

Zoie Sullivan – “Grey’s Anatomy season 17 :)”

Julia Valdivia – “Covid”

Kaylee Vongnaraj – “Getting two surgeries.”