It’s been almost a full year since COVID-19 arrived to Greenlee County and everyone’s life has been turned upside down. Students have had to deal with abrupt shutdowns, interrupted sports seasons, cancelled events and distance and hybrid learning. We asked some of them to share their thoughts.

Morenci High School

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Francisco Araiza

Francisco Araiza

18 years old

12th Grade

“Being in school during the pandemic was really rough, to be honest, it was always wondering or worrying about what’s changing each day. My schoolmates and I would always be talking about what is going to happen next. I would still learn a lot at school and have normal tests in classes but it was mostly discussions about what was going on in the world. A lot of us didn’t take it too seriously because we didn’t think it was gonna hit Morenci but it sure did hit once we got back into school and it was football season. That is when everything got really serious, there was a sickness going everywhere and then they canceled our football season for Morenci high school. I was so sad and mad but there was nothing I could do but put my mask on. Overall I think that this pandemic has changed all of us a lot mentally and I think we all could also recover from this, I hope we all get better and one day we could see everyone smile again.”

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Candace Forgach-Aguilar

Candace Forgach-Aguilar

18 years old

12th Grade

“I would say school during a pandemic has been quite interesting in my opinion. I have been trying my best to make it a positive experience for my senior year and all teachers and staff have done a lot to give us seniors something. It feels like this pandemic takes away so many experiences that seniors should have in high school but this school still tries to do its best on giving us the best experience they can. If I do say so myself it has been quite nice to actually be in school rather than having online school. So school during a pandemic does have its affects but this school is doing the best it can for all students.”

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Alexis McKinney

Alexis McKinney

17 years old

11th Grade

“Being in school during COVID-19 gave people like myself hope. Although the world around us was changing and becoming different there was a sense of security with being in school. We were lucky enough to be able to learn in person, where other schools didn’t have the luxury to.”

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Gineva Donaldson

Gineva Donaldson

15 years old

9th Grade

“Since the lockdown happened in March I have missed school, but since being back I don’t like it because you have to sit apart from your friends and you have to wear a mask everyday but it is better than staying home and being in a lockdown.”

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Dakota Subia

Dakota Subia

15 years old

10th Grade

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Kade Milhollins

“It has been really hard this year during the COVID-19 pandemic! Not being able to do things like we use to back then before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, hurts all of us! I miss all the dances and all the assembles that we use to have! It is better to be safe than sorry. I try my best every day to get through this. Trying to get all my work in so I could pass, the hardest part was when we didn’t come into school and had to do school from home, I wasn’t able to talk to the teachers about my assignments, and tests! I just hope that we all can get through this!”

Kade Milhollin

16 years old

10th Grade

“COVID has sucked but I feel like everyone is getting used to masks even though no one really likes them.”

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Gracie Morales

Gracie Morales

15 years old

9th Grade

“It’s been challenging during the 2020-2021 school year while being in a Global Pandemic. We went from having a few extra weeks off for Spring break then to being on Zoom for the rest of the school year, then back to Online then back to Public School. Morenci high school students aren’t used to wearing masks for a whole day or staying social-distances from our friends when we were so close to them last year. The school has done an amazing job at making sure that we stay safe. Like taking our temperatures every morning for example. Thank you to Staff, Teachers, and Administration for going the extra mile for always keeping us safe.”

Fairbanks Middle School

Roselyn Dorrell

Eighth grade

“No one can say that this last year hasn’t had its challenges. People all around the world felt the impact that struck suddenly. Students had to adapt and overcome. At times it may have seemed impossible, but once the trial was over, we found ourselves with new limits. Last year certainly pushed our limits and broadened our perspectives. It pushed the boundaries, also, of our technology. Teachers had to find new ways the teach and students had to adapt to a new way of learning. We had to have school from home and challenge ourselves to move out of our “normal” and find a new way to do things. At times, I’m sure, the patience of both students and teachers alike was worn thin, but still we must learn. While not all students had the academic level of progress that they had been hoping for, many found of new ways to think. Yes, this year had been a challenge but school is something people in the past have fought for and we won’t let it dissipate out of our community. Our technology, the perseverance and cleverness of our teachers and the willingness of the students is what brought us to where we are today. Life is still far from our “normal”, however, we will always push our limits and persevere to no end so that school can be accessible for students, even amid a global pandemic. So, what was the student experience like? Chaotic, new and uncertain. However, something that I can be certain of is that our school system will fight to no end for its students, for their education, and for their futures.”

Morenci Elementary School

Gabriel Martinez

4th Grade — Mrs. King’s Class

“I liked distance learning because the work on the computer seemed easier. I didn’t like not being able to see my friends or my teacher. I missed all the people at Metcalf. I prefer in-school learning because I learn more from my teacher. I am able to learn techniques to help with hard Math standards. For example, I learned King Henry Doesn’t Usually Drink Chocolate Milk and this helped me better understand the metric system. I also prefer in-school because I get to see my amazing teacher, Mrs. King, and all my friends.”

Ruel Rogers

3rd Grade — Mrs. Hernandez’s Class

“I like distance learning in the spring because I was able to stay home with my mom. I didn’t like distance learning because I missed playing with all of my friends. I like learning in school better because it is easier to learn from my teacher than on the computer at home. I also get to see my teacher and all my friends at school.”

Emma Wood

2nd Grade — Mrs. Herrera’s Class

“I liked distance learning because I got to sit on the couch and do my work. My mom let me have recess and I got to jump on my trampoline. I didn’t like distance learning because I wasn’t able to see my friends or eat in the cafeteria. I missed eating Chili Bean Frito Pie. I would rather go to school because at home I can’t eat in the cafeteria or see all my friends. My dad works at home and we have to be quiet. Also, my teacher does fun lessons and if we were at home we wouldn’t get to participate in the lessons.”

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