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Class Of 2020—Just Keep Surfing

The college 12 months is officially wrapped, and summer time holiday is here. Thankfully, for the past couple of weeks, the waves have been pumping, enabling every body to capture some waves.

No doubt, the ultimate few months have been weird, especially if you’re a senior graduating into the excellent wide world. But as San Clemente High School surf teach John Dowell is rapid to factor out, “Class of 2020, you are constantly going to be mindful your senior year!”

Around the country, graduating seniors are caught between celebrating this massive milestone and questioning what comes next. And whilst things proceed to morph and enhance seemingly each day, their accomplishments and dedication to their education, athletic interests and future should inspire us all to push beforehand with electricity and a fine outlook.

“It isn’t typical or familiar to what you notion commencement would seem like, however you will continually be mindful it,” Dowell says. “Thank you! Thank you for your time, dedication and dedication to the surf crew these past four years.”

One of Dowell’s large targets as a coach is to produce remarkable surfers—which he most virtually does—as nicely as superb people. Academic-minded, his seniors will now be heading off to colleges such as Cal Poly San Louis Obispo, San Diego State, Brigham Young University and a host of different fantastic colleges round the nation.

“I love how shut our team is in and out of the water, and going thru all four years with them has made lifelong friends,” says senior Matt Economos, who’s bound for Utah State.

Senior Dana Shany, who’s headed to Cal State Monterey Bay, adds: “This senior year, I acquired to bond and get closer with my teammates. Today, they are my exceptional friends. It used to be a loopy year, however typical full of memories.”

Farther up Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point, the story is lots the same, as graduating seniors are stepping into a future that is a ways from certain.

“We have an exquisite group of seniors here in Dana Point. Their graduation plans may have had to change with all that’s going on, but we can nonetheless honor them, celebrate their accomplishments and understand that this is a unique group of college students who have overcome a unique challenge,” says Eric Diamond, the president of the Dana Point Surf Club.

The Dana Point Surf Club just awarded Dana Hills graduates Nate Caplinger and Sean Dougherty with scholarships to assist them boldly chase their dreams.

“We couldn’t choose simply one pupil this year, because it’s been a challenging one for these guys, as nicely as the complete 2020 class,” Diamond explains. “So, the club picked two definitely exclusive surfers. Nick is very laidback and has a cool, casual style, whilst Sean’s surfing is aggressive and spontaneous.”

According to Diamond, the Dana Point Surf Club’s scholarships are primarily based on ambassadorship, GPA, neighborhood provider and opposition results—in that order.

So, what’s subsequent for this team of intrepid students? Unfortunately, it’s uncertain what happens to all those traditional summer time jobs and plans for college in the fall. With nearby groups subsequently beginning to reopen, hopefully, some of these jobs nonetheless exist. At the very least, based totally on seaside crowds the past few weekends, there’s going to be a want for lifeguards.

Meanwhile, universities are already planning and adjusting for what classes may seem like in a few months. College simply won’t be the same as it ever was. Everything from giant lecture training to the living situation in the dorms will be different. But these are smart, resilient, talented students who are positive to adapt and succeed.

“Your difficult work has now not long gone unnoticed,” Dowell says. “I’m in awe of how you have all grown and matured into the human beings you are today, and I recognize you all have brilliant futures beforehand in whatever you select to do. Good luck on your new lifestyles adventures, and don’t forget, when the going receives tough, the challenging go surfing!”