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Tucson HS seniors worry about memories lost after school shutdowns due to COVID-19

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TUCSON - Now that schools have closed for the rest of the year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, some 12th graders in the Tucson-area are feeling the reality of losing out on their senior-year experience.

Bennett Silvyn, Catalina Foothills HS senior.

Bennett Silvyn, a 12th grader at Catalina Foothills High School, was able to have his Senior Night in football and soccer before school closures due to the coronavirus.

"I have friends in track baseball and softball," Silvyn said. "For those seniors, they won't get to experience that."

Joel Santos, a 12th grader of Sonoran Science Academy, talked about the stress of "losing out" on his senior year memories because of school closures due to the coronavirus.

"There are a few memories that I can't get back. My prom is gone," said Santos. "My senior ditch day, that's gone. There are certain events that I can never experience and memories that won't happen."

Joel Santos, Sonoran Science Academy 12th grader
12th grader Joel Santos talks to News 4 Tucson's Paul Cicala just a couple of hours after the announcement was made that all Arizona schools would close because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"It's definitely upsetting because it's something you think about ever since you were in kindergarten: Graduating and walking across the stage," Santos said. "But, at the same time, I understand that it's something we have to do with the precautions that have to be taken."

Catalina Foothills High School 12th grader Bennett Silvyn poses with his teammates. The Falcons football and soccer standout said he's upset he won't be able to take part in graduation ceremonies because of the coronavirus pandemic, "because having family come over from all over the country to celebrate you graduating high school is an amazing experience and one you can only have once."

As for Silvyn, a Falcons football and soccer standout, he said he's upset he won't be able to take part in graduation ceremonies because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Having family come over from all over the country to celebrate you graduating high school is an amazing experience and one you can only have once," Silvyn said.

Paul Cicala

Paul Cicala is a 2-time winner of the prestigious”Edward R. Murrow Award” for his reporting/anchoring in news & sports. Paul Cicala has also been nominated for multiple EMMY’s. Cicala has won the “Best Sportscaster” category in Tucson the last 3 years (voted on by readers of “Tucson Weekly”). Cicala is a native Tucsonan who specialized in border stories during his earlier career as a news reporter in this market, and now concentrates mainly on sports stories (with an occasional special report and/or feature story on life in Tucson & the Sonoran Desert).

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