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TEENS: Coronavirus has hard impact on high school seniors

Ben Donner
Ben Donner

This sucks, doesn’t it?

Without sports, I don’t really have anything to talk about, nothing to get excited about. Right now, I would normally be watching the NBA and March Madness. Speaking of madness, I think I am going insane.

The worst part about it is high schoolers want to go back to school. OK, I cannot speak for every high school student in saying that “everyone wants to go back,” but for the seniors, like myself, I know I want to go back. Now there is probably not going to be any senior season for spring sports, and there might not be a prom or a graduation ceremony.

The point I am trying to make is the 2020 senior year might end up being the worst senior year of all time. I, along with a lot of other students, realize e-learning is important and all, but will it really help in our studies? Also, my mom's birthday and a lot of my friends' birthdays are in the coming months, and I honestly can’t say whether or not I can celebrate and go out with my friends. 

Now for my opinion on this whole matter: I can’t go to work, I miss going to school, I can’t even drive anywhere and I can’t hang out with any of my friends until this little statewide house arrest is over. This stay-at-home order is driving me crazy, because I can’t leave my house for whatever reason, and if I were to leave my house I would have to stay at least 6 feet away from everyone. And it is not like I can go to Walmart to pick up quarantine supplies, because everything is sold out.

I just want this all to end. I mean, I get this does seem bad — because it is bad — but the real problem is all of the fatalities around the U.S. and, more importantly, the world. This is horrible, with over 350,000 worldwide cases and over 30,000 U.S cases reported, so with that being said, I suggest everyone try social distancing, staying indoors and washing and sanitizing your hands regularly. 

Stay safe, everyone!

Until we meet again, this is yours truly, Ben Donner, aka Ben10 signing out.

BEN DONNER is a senior at Streator High School returning for his second year as a Times teen columnist. He can be contacted via Assistant Editor Julie Barichello at

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