Student Voice: Hear From a Centreville HS Student

August 17, 2020

FCPS asked students to share their stories of resilience, which is the process of adapting well to life’s tough challenges. Sara, from Centreville HS, put together a video and also essay with photos. 


Originally Sara created this video, titled "The Sacrifice Project,” for fun. Her art teacher, Mrs. Schaffer, encouraged Sara to submit her video to the Scholastic Art Awards, and she won!

Essay with Photos

Despite the situation with COVID-19, I knew the seniors of Centreville High School needed something to perk up their spirits, along with the community. I also knew they needed something to leave behind for their senior legacy. When I spotted the blank, black rock outside the front of the school, I knew exactly what I could do.

I contacted Principal Lehman asking if I could have permission to paint the rock for the senior class. He approved it, and so my family and I headed out to the school. We made sure there were sides for thanking the staff and faculty, a remembrance of COVID-19, an acronym describing the graduating class, a pun (Wildcats Rock), and a simple congratulations with the wildcat symbol. My family and I were very thankful that we had been given a way to perk up other’s spirits and give back to our community.

Despite prom, all night grad party, and many other activities that will be missed by the seniors, hopefully at least taking a picture next to the painted rock will be able to bring back the memories of their high school years and the time they had at Centreville High School.


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