The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of students dramatically. From in-class sessions to distant learning, most affected in all of this is the graduating class of 2020. To honor each class and the hard work they have put in, CBS 4 is honoring valedictorians from each campus across the Rio Grande Valley on CBS 4 Valley This Morning.
SANTA ROSA, Texas — Santa Rosa High School valedictorian, Cameron Cuevas shares his take on the unique senior year experience.
Cameron, like many students, had no warning that attending school would abruptly end. He and his classmates never went back to school campus when spring break turned into homeschool for the rest of the academic year.
Cameron continues studying at home, passionate about engineering and calculus. He continues to excel in engineering and computer science.
While he misses seeing his friends every day, he’s grateful to his teachers who’ve been helping him study from home. He’s learned to take life one day at a time.
“You should really appreciate things while they’re there,” said Cameron. “My friends didn’t know we were going to have a last day of school, so and I feel like we did enjoy it pretty well. I think we should spend every day like it’s our last. There’s no say what can happen in the world.”
Cameron adds living life in quarantine has taught him lessons that will change the way he sees life.
“I think it’s gonna be something that connects us all, something that we really look back on and really remember classmates because of this. I really feel like this is in a sense helping because for me personally, I really wanted to spend time with my family. This lockdown has really kind of forced us to spend time together. And it’s been very fun. I want to get as much time with them before I head off to college.”
Cameron plans to attend UTRGV studying computer engineering. He holds a number of leadership rolls at his school.
He had plans to visit Washington D.C. for a business competition, and he’d hoped to spend his last days at school with friends.
For now, Cameron is taking this time of uncertainty to focus on family, what he believes is most important.