Boulder County graduating seniors celebrate accomplishments after pandemic school disruptions

Monarch High graduating senior Hannah Rowton dressed a cardboard cutout of “Harry Potter” villain Draco Malfoy in different outfits as a backdrop to keep herself engaged as online classes dragged on during her junior year.

“It was hard mentally,” she said. “It was so hard not knowing when things would end, if I would get a senior year, if we could take masks off. In classes, I feed off of people’s energy. Online, it didn’t feel like school. You could feel how everybody was burned out. To feel so disconnected was hard.”