A Different Way to Graduate

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Congrats, Andrew!

2020 senior guy

I met Andrew on what would’ve been his last day of high school.  Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Andrew never got to run on the new track with his teammates and he will be missing his chance to walk across the stage for the tentatively scheduled late-June graduation ceremony.   


"Your calling isn't something that somebody can tell you about. It's what you feel. It's a part of your life force. It is the thing that gives you juice. The thing that you are supposed to do. And nobody can tell you what that is. You know it inside yourself." ~ Oprah Winfrey

For what seems like so many disappointments, Andrew didn’t let any of that show.  He is a very happy and energetic guy, especially being able to finally run at least a single lap on the new track.  He is headed to Northwest Missouri State University to study nanotechnology and he’s already been through basic training for the National Guard.  It’s his honorable service to this country that inhibits him from walking across the stage.  I could sense the love and pride from his mother at how well her son has grown up.

Final run on the new high school track

"Your life is your story and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential." ~ Kerry Washington

One of the best things about being from a small town is knowing who people are.  As part of a special 2020 tribute for graduating seniors, the lights at the old football field were turned on each Friday night at 20:20pm (8:20pm, in case you needed quick time conversion).  The superintendent helped make sure the lights were on since they weren’t the previous Friday when I went to check out the area for my upcoming shoot with Andrew.

The weather was a guessing game all week long, even through that morning on whether it would rain or not.  We lucked out to have a gorgeous sunset and fabulous temperatures!


Andrew, I wish you all the best in all you do and thank you for your service to our country!  I hope you always keep your great smile and optimistic outlook as it will help take you where you need to go.  Best wishes for a great future!

To see some more of Andrew’s photos, visit my Facebook Page or check out my Instagram!


If you are or have a graduating senior (or just wanting some updated family photos), shoot me a message via my website form HERE!  Even as COVID-19 restrictions are lifting, please know I continue to maintain social distancing practices, using words and gestures to help guide you through a fabulous session!

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