For their final project in a senior Journalistic Writing class at ARHS, students decided to reach out to people to hear about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their goals were simple: not only to highlight those in frontline or particularly affected roles but also to consider how, despite the challenging times we are living in, people continue to show up for others, flex their creative muscles, build resilience, deepen their spirituality, and strengthen their community.
These stories made students think about hardships, inspired them, and rekindled hope. Throughout this issue, you can click on individual stories to learn more about the remarkable people they interviewed.
The collages above picture all of those interviewed. Some interviews appear as feature stories, others as highly edited Q & As.
In first collage, from left to right and clockwise: paramedic Dylan Tunnell, pie maker Sam Marsh, Global Cuts barber Quinn Askew, retired doctor and now pandemic volunteer Rachel Borson, sushi chef and restaurant owner Louis Ryu, Douglass Funeral Service director Ron Lashway, and Rabbi Ben Weiner.
In second collage, from left to right and clockwise: Principal Talib Sadiq, first-year English teacher Amanda Lewis, new town council member Ellisha Walker, Amherst College math professor Ryan Alvarado, home health aide Cheryl Demas, music director on the Seth Myers Show Eli Janney, tarot card reader T. Susan Chang, and Jessica Wilda, a college student who had COVID-19.
In the third collage, from left to right and clockwise: retiring English teacher Elizabeth Bull, teacher and parent of young children Kate Kuhn, ARHS school nurses Mary O’Brien and Robbin Suprenant, preschool teacher Sarah Cohen, UMass professor of Economics and Public Policy Michael Ash, therapist Jasmina Ibrahimi, and a territory business manager for a pharmaceutical company called Alkermes named Jane McNeill.