Dear 2020: An Open Letter from Wildcat Nation


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UHS News reporter Katie Smith surveyed Ukiah High Wildcats what they would say to the year 2020 if they were writing the unforgettable year a letter.

Dear 2020, nobody saw you coming. Here is a letter representing the voices of Ukiah High students about what they learned and their thoughts about 2020. 

“It’s been an awful year however the one this that has come from it is that we are all in this together. People all over the world are crying together.” 

– J.A. Ukiah High Freshman

“This year has taught me many things. What the world taught us was a lie and we had to learn for ourselves what survival really is.” 

– A.C. Ukiah High Freshman

“2020 was like a toxic relationship.. We did learn something but we wanted it to be over.” 

-J.W. Ukiah High Junior

“My mom told me today that maybe this year was a wake up call. And to realize what humans have caused this world to become..” 

-A.F. Ukiah High Freshman

“Thanks to 2020 I learned from my mistakes and to love unconditionally, it starts with you.”

-K.S. Ukiah High Sophomore

“If someone told me that this is what 2020 would end up like I would laugh in their face, we lost so many legends and people lost family. But in the end we all will come out stronger.”

-S.S. Ukiah High Freshman

“We will rebuild a better earth gradually, steadily and in unity. This year taught us all a lot of hard lessons and we will go forth with strength and peace.”

-O.D. Ukiah High Senior

“We lived through this, keep going”

-S.K. Ukiah High Sophomore

“This was just ONE chapter to a long, unforgettable, INCREDIBLE, life changing story. One day we’ll look back and smile because we made it. Through the hardest times we stuck together and fought our way through the dark.”

-K.W. Ukiah High Freshman

“I think we can all agree we are not the same kids we were last year.”

-M.G. Ukiah High Senior

“We did it. It was so hard but we made it. We are still fighting but we made it through the toughest years. I am proud of you”

-J.L. Ukiah High Junior

“When I was a kid I always wondered why awful things weren’t happening like we learned about in our textbooks. If I only knew.”

-K.B. Ukiah High Freshman

“It wasn’t supposed to be like this…”

-G.W. Ukiah High Freshman

“I think I realized how bad it was when my favorite news lady cried.”

-D.S. Ukiah High Sophomore

“That really did all happen in one year…”

-S.G. Ukiah High Sophomore 

“I think the main thing I learned that the smallest acts of kindness matter. A little thing can brighten a person’s day, it starts with you.”

-L.T. Ukiah High Freshman

“We don’t know how long we are here for. Cherish every moment you can. Live life.”

-S.M. Ukiah High Freshman

Goodbye 2020.


The Teens of the World

“2021. Save us.”


Katie Williams
Katie Williams
Katie Williams is an Editor in Chief for the Ukiah High School Newspaper and a Junior at UHS. Katie enjoys writing about emotion based and community oriented pieces, and is the head producer for the @ukiahilite instagram page. Outside of school Katie enjoys baking, reading and assisting her family in reaching out to our community. After high school Katie would like attend University and Major in Psychology to work with children that “deserve better, they need someone to listen”.

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