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Special song written for the Class of 2020

The three band members got together to play some tunes on campus

   Band got together  

Band practiced inside the gym

(Above- Principal Justin Alley, Jason Kennett and James Kennett got togetheron campus to play some tunes, including "2020, Forever Strong")

     Facing a pandemic with seniors missing out on their final semester perks like the prom, awards, public graduation, walk throughs to the schools, and senior breakfast -  classes were converted to Non-Traditional Instruction Days. In the midst of all the change, a couple of Wayne County High School educators were inspired to write a song and perform it virtually.

     Wayne County High School Principal Justin Alley and Learning Academy Coordinator Jason Kennett, along with his brother James Kennett, created a heartfelt senior memory with their song “2020 Forever Strong”.  It was written for the Class of 2020 and aired on the local radio stations at the close of the school year. It was also featured in a virtual graduation video that can be downloaded off the left-hand column of the school district website.

     “The idea for the song came as I pondered how my son and his classmates were actually feeling about the whole situation,” said Jason Kennett. “Some of my most vivid memories of high school are those that surrounded the end of our senior year. Some of my dearest friends today are those who went through that with me. We ended high school just as we started kindergarten – together.”

     Kennett said this class is very special to him for many different reasons.

    “Being that my awesome son is a part of it makes it personal, but the fact that this was my last group of students that I taught as freshmen in political science makes it very emotional as well. I was around every one of these students in some capacity before accepting my current job with WCLA.”

    Alley noted that this song allowed the group to do something special for this year’s seniors.

    “Jason has a senior and obviously I spent a great deal of time with the kids, so it is special for both of us. We hope the graduates find some part of this message helpful,” said Alley. “This pandemic will always be part of them, but it certainly doesn’t define them. Graduation is a special time for all, but they don”t graduate for anyone but themselves. Nothing changes about the potential to go in the world and be a success story and inspiration.”

     Kennett added, “This is a very important beginning. Decisions these young men and women make in the next few short years will greatly affect the remainder of their life. We want them to know that we definitely ‘have their backs’ and will continue to do what is best for them.”

     Check out the lyrics to their song....

 

“2020, FOREVER STRONG”

Written by Jason Kennett and Justin Alley

©2020

 

I never thought the day would ever come,

We'd all have to miss our Senior Prom.

We can't walk the stage in that ole gym,

And hear our names called, with our family and friends.

 

Oh this is not too much to bear,

The light at the end of the tunnel, is still there.

We're gonna find our strength from the ones who've brought us along......

We're 2020, forever strong.

 

There were those teachers, who loved us as their own,

Took it for granted, and miss it now that we're grown.

We're still gonna be everything we've wanted to be,

We've been taught we can do anything if we only believe

 

Oh this is not too much to bear,

The light at the end of the tunnel, is still there.

We're gonna find our strength from the ones who've brought us along......

We're 2020, forever strong.

 

Our class reunion will be a lot of fun,

We'll hug and laugh, and share all the things we've done....... (Build crescendo)

 

No this is not too much to bear,

The light at the end of the tunnel, is still there.

We're gonna find our strength from the ones who've brought us along......

We're 2020, forever strong.

 

We’re 2020, forever strong

 

We’re 2020 ---- Go make us proud, y’all!





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