OwlFeed Newsletter

Senior Edition - May 8th, 2020

This is it, the end of the 2019-2020 school year, which means graduating seniors have worked 12 years for this moment. Their journey has not been easy, but they have pushed through and have made the best of what they were given. Agua Fria bids a farewell to the students who left the school different and better than before as seniors say goodbye to their home of four years.

As a goodbye and farewell to seniors, enjoy this last newsletter that includes OwlFeed senior goodbyes, goodbyes from teachers who impacted the senior class, videos to and from the class of 2020 and profiles on extraordinary seniors that make us proud to call them Owls. Congratulations seniors! You’ve made it this far… we can’t wait to see where your life takes you!

-Carlos Johnson and Lauren Mitchell, 2020 Editors-In-Chief

By: Lauren Mitchell

Walking into those gates freshman year, I could never have expected any of this. Even on Frosh Night, I stood in front of the sign that read, “Class of 2020”, and it felt decades away. I could barely picture myself walking across the Cardinals Stadium stage, accepting a diploma. Even now, writing this, it seems surreal.

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By: Carlos Johnson

Prior to my first day of high school, I was bombarded with so much false information on how freshmen were ridiculed, from getting spat on to getting pennied, you name it. As a wee little freshman, all I could do was believe it.

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By: Rian Cameron

When I think back on my first experience at Agua Fria, my mind doesn’t switch to the first day of school or even Freshman Day. Instead, it takes me back further into early August of 2016 as summer was frittering away into anxiety over beginning the school year all over again. Somewhere within there came my registration day.

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By: Alejandro Vasquez

If there is one thing that I truly learned, it’s that I hate goodbyes.

It’s something that I learned from a friend’s mom in middle school. They taught me to say “see you later” rather than goodbye because even if we aren’t seeing each other for a while we will meet again and we live our lives with the lessons learned from others, so they are always present in our life.

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By: Ethan Hohbein

How could I accurately sum up my four years at Agua Fria?

Words can’t do it justice but I would say if I had to pick four years of my life to repeat, it would be these last four.

Read more about them here.

By: Mr. Jovanelly

To the Class of 2020:

You are reaching the end of your AFHS journey in a fashion that not a single one of us could have predicted. I don’t need to tell you what this experience was like. I don’t need to tell you how “unique” or “unprecedented” this situation is — you’ve heard those buzzwords enough at this point, and besides, you’ve been living it and persevering through it every day.

Read more here.

Sports Players - Those Who Led Agua Fria to Victory

By: Mr. Fox


Psychologists Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun (2004) have spent much of their careers researching what they call posttraumatic growth. They have found that battling adversity and life challenges often leads to “an increased appreciation for life, more meaningful relationships, increased personal strength, changed priorities, and a richer spiritual life.” This resiliency and personal growth was the topic of a discussion board posed to AP Psychology students on April 10th.

Read more here.

AFHS Seniors Send Message to Class of 2020: Owl Pride

AFHS StuCo - Those Who Weren't Afraid to Show Their Owl Pride

Staff Goodbye: This Difficult Chapter Is Not the End of Your Story

By: Ms. Johnson

Dear Class of 2020,

You definitely got a raw deal at the end of this school year. My heart is heavy for you: I know you lost out on Prom, Graduation ceremonies, parties, ditch days (Ahahaha, serves you right), varsity games, sports banquets, Honors assemblies, performances of all kinds, and socializing with friends, teachers, and family members. I’m sure there are many other losses, and failing to list them here does not diminish their importance or reality.

Read more here.

Theatre - Those Who Amazed Us On And Off the Stage

By: Mr. Boothman

As I’ve grown into my role as a teacher, I’ve settled on a few key life lessons that I strive to impart to my students.

The first: the value of perseverance. I’m the first to admit that the courses I teach can be difficult to comprehend. Calculus especially is so different compared to anything we’ve studied before that it’s easy to just go through the motions of a process or give up entirely. But I urge my students to push through this.

Read more here.

Innovators - Bright Futures Ahead of Them!

A Message to the Class of 2020

Dear Class Of 2020: A Tribute to AFHS Seniors from The Owl Family

To OwlFeed, From OwlFeed

By: Mrs. Leon

Class of 2020, please do not look at this as goodbye, but instead look at it as hello. Hello to your new world, full of possibility, the possibility for you to become the YOU you have always dreamed of.

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A Final Message for Seniors

The future is defined as “what will happen in the time after the present” and it is what many of us work for and spend years planning for to reach a dream. As a senior a part of the Class of 2020, I know that we are all capable of doing great things and that the future we have ahead of us is brighter than a thousand suns and we can do anything we set our minds to. Goodbye Agua Fria, hello world! Forever an Owl <3

- Lauren Mitchell