Success Found In The Lost Year


How students persist in spite of virtual learning amidst the pandemic.

By Chardonnay Beaver

Influential Speaker, Storyteller, Creator of WOWbyChar, and University of Washington Student.


In April 2021, Times Magazine published an double-issue titled The Lost Year: How The Pandemic Changed A Generation of Students by Katie Reilly. On the cover of the magazine sits Twyla Joseph, a Black high school student from Islip Terrace, New York.

The article discusses the experiences Reilly missed-out on. For example, acquiring a relationship with her teachers, taking standardized tests, and lacking the financial security to attend college in Fall 2021. In sum, high school seniors are facing more challenges than ever before as they apply for college throughout the pandemic— especially for students who attend high schools with a student body of 1,000 and more.

Nevertheless, the graduating class of 2021 persisted in spite of devastation. Although this school year has been devastating for many, it was simply a part of one’s journey of becoming. Each moment was necessary to prepare teens for adulthood and the college of life. With the support of family, counselors, educators, and advocates they found success in the lost year. The class of 2021 embodies resilience. Congratulations to the graduating class of 2021!

Words of Wisdom by Char of the week: Devastation is never a destination. Continue to put your best foot forward and remain gracious to yourself and others as we navigate these unforeseen times. John 16:33