Owasso seniors reflect on challenging year leading to graduation

OWASSO, Okla. — Thousands of students are graduating across Green Country in May after months of uncertainty about their big day amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hagen Hood and Shreya Rohatgi were juniors at Owasso High School when the pandemic turned life upside down.

With just one year left to go, the two watched as their senior friends had milestones like prom and their post-grad party ripped away and graduation restricted.

Hood and Rohatgi’s senior year was just around the corner and at that point, no one could predict what 2021 would look like.

“Honestly, I didn’t know if we would even have graduation, you didn’t know if it would spin out of control where we couldn’t even finish school again,” Hood says.

Fast forward to spring of 2021 and the pandemic has dramatically improved alongside the chances for a more normal end of the school year.

“We’ve got to do pretty much everything that we wanted to do, and I just couldn’t be more thankful,” Hood says.

Prom is going on as planned, more people are allowed at graduation and the seniors are preparing for their grad bash.

“With everything we have to look at the positives and negatives, and I’m just really thankful and really appreciative that we’re able to do that this year,” Rohatgi says.

Owasso High School graduation is Tuesday, May 17 at the Mabee Center.