Senior of the Month: Erik Dubbs


Cardinal Chronicle

November 2020 Senior of the Month Erik Dubbs.

McKenna Valentine and Brandon Unger

Each Senior of the Month was asked 10 questions…

1.How do you feel about being a senior?

-I feel like High School went by so fast. It feels like yesterday that I was a Freshman. But it’s weird at the same time, because I think that I’m totally ready to be a Senior. It’s just crazy that this is my last year.

2.How do you feel about last year being hybrid?

-I actually didn’t mind hybrid. I thought it was better for the students, for the year, and for learning in general. Hybrid learning is closer to the college experience so it prepares students for the future more. It teaches responsibility too because you have those off days to pick up after yourself. It was overall, better for students in general. We shouldn’t be going back full-time this school year.

3.How do you feel about being senior of the month?

-I don’t mean to be basic and say “oh being senior the month is such an honor”… but it is! I just feel really grateful to all of the teachers that got my to that point. It feels like all of the highs and lows I went through in Pine Grove finally payed off.

4.Favorite and least favorite thing about being a senior during covid

My favorite thing about being a Senior in covid is that I get more time to myself and more time to get myself together. It’s definitely “different”. It’s also super nice to know that we’re taking steps to stay safe. My least favorite thing about being a Senior right now is probably the controversy that comes with “we need to follow safety precautions” and “covid doesn’t exist and it shouldn’t affect our senior year”. I don’t like having to hold a different opinion about the safety of the school. I just wish people went with the flow. This year was super relaxing and motivating though, especially since I’m at home half the time, it motivates me to actually work and keeps my stress levels down.

5.What do you want to do after you graduate?

 –Oh my… well… I suck at making decisions. So I applied to a few colleges and I’m waiting for decisions to come out. I’m mostly undecided at each of them, but I think I’m leaning into the communications field. The dream would be to do acting but I need a solid plan so communications is what I think i might do.

6.What piece of advice would you give to underclassmen?

The first thing I’d say is that you don’t have to be perfect. You need to calm down and just look at things realistically. The most important thing is to enjoy your childhood. We Seniors missed out on 2 years of being a teenager, so just take it from me, enjoy it. I always like to say that life is a party. Just make sure to have fun. But don’t fail either. Work on your relationships with people instead of your grades because you won’t be telling your grandkids that you got an A on your Biology Midterm. You’ll be telling them about the fun things you did. Make as many memories as you can.

7.If you play sports or do any other activities how were they affected with covid?

I’m in a lot of things. I run cross country and I was really hesitant about going back into running when the PIAA opened up youth sports again. I ran with my mask on because I’d rather not get Covid. It’s not a cute look. A lot of my clubs were affected too. Because we can’t really go anywhere or do anything so we really had to brainstorm what we can do to keep the club in action. The most affected thing though was probably Musical this year. I’m in Musical and our rehearsals were so different. It was tough to get in on days your team wasn’t in school (if you don’t drive). We practiced with masks on. Danced and sang with them on. We had to distance as much as possible. But we really followed the rules and did everything we could because we wanted that production to happen (High School Musical was our production). We ended up buying clear face masks that we could wear while performing so we can actually move around and do what we need to do. It all worked out in the end though.

8. What was your best memory from senior year so far?

My best memory is probably Musical. I got to perform with one of my best friends (McKenna LeVan). I played her brother on stage so rehearsals were just us working on the side and it was just the most awesome experience. Aside from that… probably skipping school with friends.

9.Favorite thing to do outside of school

 –I just usually chill out with friends. We go to Dunkin sometimes and it’s really nice. I’m also a little bit of a gamer so I do that with friends too.

10.Who is someone you look up to?

 –My Oma 100% (my grandmother). She is my hero. She and my Opa (Who I also look up to so much) grew up in Germany during World War 2 and they are the strongest people I know. They taught me the importance of being an individual and education. My Oma taught me how to read when I was really young and that changed my life. She is also an extremely stubborn person… which I am too, so we both have attitude and sass and I love that.