COVID Pandemic Stories: Makinley Magill, Senior, Lincoln High School, Ellwood City

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Makinley Magill in a 2019 WPIAL Softball game.

By Makinley Magill
High School Senior

If there are two things that most people learn about me soon after meeting me is that I’m a very social person.

I’m a senior in high school. I love to play softball, I love hanging out with my friends, my family and doing normal high school things like going to dances, games, and other events.

To put it simply, I’m an extrovert and I’m always out and about doing something. So, you can only imagine what a global pandemic like coronavirus has been like for me.

As COVID-19 rushed through the country, panic set in and chaos began. I didn’t know it at the time, but last March, Friday the 13th, was the last in-class day of my junior year. Then in March, I received the news that our softball season, like other spring sports, was canceled. 

Things seemed to get someone normal during the summer. Rules were relaxed and I even got to play softball with my travel team. We even had a makeshift prom in August thanks to a local restaurant owner and his outdoor dining space. I thought that things were getting somewhat back to normal, turns out it was the calm before the storm. The number of COVID-19 cases exploded and our lives would once again be interrupted.

My school just fully reopened in the past few weeks, almost an exact year after it closed. My senior year has been just as disrupted as my junior year. We will have a softball season and that’s great, but a lot of other things — prom, graduation — we still don’t know what those things will look like.

I will graduate later this year but overall it does seem like what is supposed to be one of your most memorable years of high school is ruined. I know there will be those who say, “it’s just high school.” But it’s important to me and a lot of other students and it hurts worse than you might think it does.

When we learn about historical events in school, a lot of teachers say they were lucky to have lived during that time. But if it’s one thing the coronavirus pandemic has taught me it’s that living through history is not as much fun as they say it is.

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