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  • The spring semester has certainly changed dramatically for the class of 2020.

  • COVID-19 is canceling or postponing major milestones that all of us enjoyed when we were in high school.

  • Tonight our Jennie Runevitch talks with a Crawfordsville student who has now written a moving song for her fellow seniors.

  • This is "Here's to You, Class of 2020."

  • Music has the power to heal when we're hurting, and unite what's been divided.

  • Remember on our first day, walking through the hallways

  • When we can write a song about it and put it to music, that justthat solves everything.

  • And now we're in the last year, yeah, we should be there, surrounded by our friends

  • It's why Crawfordsville senior Abby Bannon and her friend penned lyrics about the losses of senior year.

  • But we'll have to leave it all behind

  • As a way to cope with the curveball, none of her classmates expected.

  • Everybody can relate in some way.

  • Like all the seniors can relate to this.

  • Bannon and student athlete and class president is one of so many seniors whose last year of high school's been cut short by the coronavirus.

  • Quarantines, e-learning days, an empty Athenian parking lot...

  • The milestones of that make memories for all teenagers won't happen for them.

  • Like senior proms, senior skip days, senior prank, graduation, most likely.

  • I mean, it has affected every aspect of this senior year that you have always dreamed of and hoped for and thought about, like basically my entire life.

  • She realized missing high school moments is not the worst that could happen, especially during a health crisis.

  • Obviously this stinks and we are missing out on lot, but there are so many better days ahead.

  • And so many other things for us to look forward to.

  • College in the fall, careers after that.

  • But for now, it's an emotional loss seniors and their families are facing.

  • And Abby's song, shared thousands of times in just two days, has resonated with all of them.

  • Abby plans to study business and music in college in Nashville this fall.

  • If you like to hear the entire song, we've got a link with the story on

The spring semester has certainly changed dramatically for the class of 2020.

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