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2020:
A Class Dismissed

About this series

They were born in the weeks and months after 9/11 and are graduating in the year of a crippling pandemic. Maine’s high school seniors have lived through some of the most profound change our country has ever witnessed.

With nearly every Maine high school cancelling in-class lessons for the remainder of the school year, these young adults are missing out on cornerstone experiences that ease the transition from being a child to being an adult. 

No prom. No senior sports season. No yearbook signatures. No final play or performance. No awards dinner. No senior prank. No senior ditch day. 

For so many, no final farewell.

With so much focus on the death, despair and financial pain that’s accompanied the spread of the coronavirus, Pine Tree Watch felt it was important to capture the stories of a senior class that has been prematurely dismissed. 

Between now and graduation day in mid-June, Pine Tree Watch will speak to seniors from as many Maine high schools as possible to tell the story of Maine’s Class of 2020 and how these soon-to-be graduates are dealing with the unexpected developments that come with a global pandemic and a disrupted senior year.

Interviews and videos by Bailey Beltramo.
Photos by Jennifer Hoffer and contributed by the students.

If you’re a high school senior in Maine — or you know a high school senior in Maine — who would like to participate in this project, please reach out to us here.

We’d love to hear from you.

Gracia Bareti


School:
Westbrook High School

Hometown: Westbrook

Nick Burgess


School:
Kennebunk High School

Hometown: Kennebunk

Bailee Mallett


School:
Fort Fairfield High School

Hometown: Fort Fairfield

Reina and Ronna Ruzigana


School:
South Portland High School

Hometown: South Portland

Elizabeth Dufresne


School:
Madawaska High School

Hometown: Madawaska

Sadie Colby

School: Messalonskee High School

Hometown: Sidney

Michael Delorge


School:
Maine School of Science and Mathematics

Hometown: Biddeford

Tim Burgess


School:
Kennebunk High School

Hometown: Kennebunk

Tim Farrelly


School:
Vinalhaven School

Hometown: Vinalhaven

 

Rebecca Packard


School:
Freeport High School

Hometown: Durham

 

Jordyn Rubin

School: Lewiston High School

Hometown: Lewiston

 

Ian Dow

School: Winthrop High School

Hometown: Winthrop

 

Paige Goldstein


School:
Lake Region High School

Hometown: Naples

Veritie Howard


School:
 Windham High School

Hometown: Windham

Shelby Lewis


School:
Katahdin High School

Hometown: Oakfield

Anna LeBlanc

School: Edward Little High School

Hometown: Auburn

 

Emily Piper

School: Edward Little High School

Hometown: Auburn

 

Mason Parks


School:
North Yarmouth Academy

Hometown: Scarborough

Kiera Eubanks


School:
Portland High School

Hometown: Portland

Chance Walston


School:
Machias Memorial High School

Hometown: Machias

Alyssa Finn

School: Gray-New Gloucester High School

Hometown: Wales

 

Jenna Fecteau

School: Bonny Eagle High School

Hometown: Hollis