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Seniors of 2020: ‘We wouldn’t change it for the world’

Student video laments early end of school, but thanks community

Sparta High School students have a long history of doing interesting and innovative work with all kinds of technology.  But their most recent work, titled simply “Sparta High School Class 2020 Senior Video,” is already touching hearts all over the community.

Senior Danielle Brittner was the inspiration behind the video. She said she planned the script, sent it to her friends and had them send videos back to her. She put them together and posted it to the Sparta communication page on Monday.

Danielle and her fellow seniors recount the rather remarkable and traumatic historic events that frame the lives of the class of 2020, beginning with the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and ending their senior year abruptly due to the coronavirus pandemic. The video shows their common struggles — but mainly their heart and resilience.

“I realized that a lot of us had been friends for a very long time, and weren’t going to see each other for a while. So I wanted to do something fun and say something to the community,” she said.

Meanwhile, senior Colton Kilpatrick is working on an official senior video for the class. Colton was one of two technologically talented students, who earlier convinced school staff to start a course in live video.

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Janice Holst
Janice Holst is a reporter covering Kent City and Sparta. She has been both a teacher and a journalist. A former MLive reporter, she wrote features and covered local government and schools for Advance Newspapers for nearly two decades. She also was a recipe columnist and wrote features for Mature Life Style and occasional entertainment pieces for On The Town magazines. She lives in Sparta Township and enjoys spending some of her retirement hours writing the stories of the northern Kent County school districts. Read Janice's full bio

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