While many year-end rituals in high schools across the nation have been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, Conestoga High School students are making sure to preserve at least one tradition by creating their own digital yearbook online, writes Taylor Lorenz for The New York Times.
The students are joining a growing number of seniors nationwide who are sharing their memories and celebrating achievements on Instagram in a yearbook format.
Conestoga senior Ariana Mendoza created the yearbook account in a flexible format. She also asked for submissions through the online learning platform used by the school to ensure that students without Instagram accounts could also participate.
“Having this virtual platform where students can connect with each other and comment on each other’s posts creates a positive environment where we can celebrate each other’s successes and see where everyone’s future is headed,” she said.
But the yearbook is not just for seniors. It also serves as a place for underclassmen to say goodbye to seniors.
“It was kind of abrupt the way things ended, so we never had a proper goodbye,” said 17-year-old Colin Kennedy, a junior at Conestoga.
Read more about online yearbooks in The New York Times here.