By Jenna Poppell
In a typical school year, eighth graders and underclassmen take the PSAT on a selected Wednesday in October, while the senior class enjoys a breakfast get together. After testing and breakfast is done, all the students congregate at the football field for the annual Field Day, a tradition that began around 2002. But this isn’t the typical school year. Instead of breakfast, seniors had the option of taking the SAT on campus, while their underclass peers took the PSAT (minus the eighth graders). Because of COVID-19, Field Day has been postponed with the hopes it can occur in the Spring. The coronavirus isn’t stopping the senior class sponsor and Oak Hall’s Director of Auxiliary and Operations Jeff Malloy, from making the class of 2021’s year special.
On Wednesday, Oct. 14th, the senior class had a great lunch hosted by the Moraski, Limon, Falisi and Ryan families. The class also got to safely bowl at Splitz and participate in many prize-winning contests. Malloy has worked hard to give seniors an enjoyable senior year experience, but a safe one as well. “The fall meals at least will all be outdoors and physically distanced,” he said. “We will require face coverings except when eating [and] meals will either be boxed or served to us so as to minimize contact,” Malloy continued. He also explained that while it took some more effort, they wanted to make the bowling experience as safe as possible. “We have requested additional lanes at the bowling alley so we can physically distance and I will limit each lane to four bowlers who must wear a face covering and sit with space between them,” Malloy noted. In addition, students were required to only use one ball, and wipes were handed out to ensure the bowling balls were clean before being used. As an Oak Hall Senior, I had a lot of fun getting out of our usual school environment and spending time with my classmates.