This is a special episode of the show we’re calling “Dear Class of 2020…” The teachers are gone. This week it’s all about the students graduating after the strangest senior year ever. You’re going to hear four valedictorians give the speeches they would have given, in a normal year, to an auditorium full of their friends and family.
The Class of 2020 valedictorians are:
Xavior Hutsell of Roosevelt High School in Rockford
Nina Mitchell of DeKalb High School
Ashley Althaus of Amboy High School
And, finally, Tessa Harbecke or Sycamore High School
This episode also touches on the major education news of the week: Illinois’ official guidelines for schools returning to in-person instruction in the fall. Teachers who are a part of the Illinois Education Association say the plan is a start, but it still needs work before it can be implemented in schools.
In the meantime, we want you to be a part of the show. We want to hear from you: Send us an email at email@example.com and tell us how you’re feeling about in-person school in the fall. And, if you want, record your thoughts & feelings into your phone with your voice memos app and then send the voice file to firstname.lastname@example.org and we could have it on the show. You can also email us there to nominate teachers to be featured on the show!
Stories Featured in this episode:
Our show's theme music is from the northern Illinois-based band "Kindoves" and their songs "Popn," "Origins" and "Quiche." You can find more of their music on their Soundcloud page. You can also listen to the episode of WNIJ's own Sessions from Studio A where they were featured.
Teachers! People who know teachers! People with stories about teachers! Send us an email and be part of the show! Also, send us your topic recommendations: email@example.com