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High school seniors sad to miss final months of school, sports & friends

"I’m missing out on weeks and weeks of memories"
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Posted at 6:00 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 11:57:00-04

TONAWANDA, NY (WKBW) — “It’s all very difficult just knowing that I’m missing out on weeks and weeks of memories that I could have been making with my friends,” declared Maddie Fox, senior, Kenmore East High School.

This is a difficult time for many high school students, especially seniors. For Fox, it’s a bittersweet time. She's excited as she looks ahead for plans to start college next fall at Tiffin University in Ohio, but sad not to be at school each day.

"It's definitely different, not being able to walk the halls everyday, see my friends for the last time these last few months," Fox reflected.

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Maddie Fox and mother, Meghan Fox in FaceTime interview in their home.

Fox sat with her mom Meghan in their home to talk about how this time of the year, she's normally juggling academics, music and running with the outdoor track team, but not this year.

“As of right now, four of our 12 meets are canceled, so that's a third of my senior season gone right now,” Fox said.

Maddie also plays flute, piccolo and saxophone. She’s an Irish dancer, too. She said a planned trip with the music department to Tennessee was canceled for next week.

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Kenmore East High School band from April, 2019.

“That’s very hard to know that I won’t be able to travel with them this year,” Fox said.

“It’s hard because you just lead up to this moment for so long and she's made so many great memories,” remarked Meghan Fox, mother.

Both mother and daughter praised the Ken-Ton School District, its teachers and coaches for helping students with distance learning in this most difficult time.

“The coaches have them fill out logs every week in case they do get any part of a season, they want to make sure the athletes are still running and taking care of their bodies every day,” Fox’s mother explained.

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Maddie Fox on the outdoor track team.

Fox is on track to graduate as one of the top ten student at Kenmore East. But the graduation venue and date remain unknown during this pandemic.

“I’m hoping graduation can happen. Maddie's worked really hard to have a place in the top ten of her graduation class and they always get to sit on stage at graduation, so we're hoping that can still happen,” Fox described.

“Even if it's not in person, even if we can't have people there, I’ll still get a diploma, which is reassuring,” said Maddie Fox.