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Fossum will 'cherish every moment' after pandemic

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Mitchell High School senior Liz Fossum poses for a portrait on Monday.
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Mitchell High School senior Liz Fossum has learned to cherish every moment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fossum’s final two months as a Kernel were spent at home, as opposed to enjoying them with classmates. She now has a new appreciation for things taken away from her.

“We had the last part of our high school career suddenly taken away from us,” Fossum said. “But we cherished the memories we made along the way and because of this sudden change during our senior year, the Class of 2020 will cherish every moment for the rest of our lives.”


Fossum and the senior Kernels missed out on “many of the most monumental events,” like prom, spring play and a live graduation.

“Most of the events were once in a lifetime things that we will never be able to redo,” Fossum said. “We will always be the class that missed out on prom, graduation and so much more.”

She also missed out on the final portion of the show choir season. Fossum was a regular in multiple performing arts and theater productions in high school.

But show choir helped her grow the most.

“It just has really helped me to find myself and just grow my confidence throughout high school,” Fossum said. “It helped me to understand where my passions lie and just really helped me to grow throughout high school.”

Show choir is a singing style that mixes dance, band, choir and storytelling and puts them into one format.

Fossum’s brother -- Christian -- was involved in show choir in middle school and high school. It piqued her interest and she later auditioned for Friend de Coup as a freshman.

She loved it immediately.


“I got in and I was so happy ,and after the first practice I was hooked,” Fossum said. “I loved to sing and dance and the people I met through show choir were all amazing. It was just the best atmosphere I had been in so far.”

Fossum will attend Augustana University in the fall. She’s interested in studying strategic communication & leadership and environmental studies & international studies. She’s also going to participate in choir at Augustana.

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