By Sarah Raymond
It is an understatement to say that the class of 2020 did not get to have the graduation experience that they had anticipated. They were already transitioning from one stage of life to another, but that change became increasingly more difficult with the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic that brought with it stress, confusion, and grief. An additional disadvantage for graduating athletes is that they did not get to
properly complete their athletic careers; however, throughout everything that took place last year, one baseball player from the Moore County High School class of 2020 has been able to find positive ways to look at the situation, and he has learned lessons that he will carry for a lifetime.
Brandon Brown, son of Oddie and Fraya Brown, was a catcher for the MCHS baseball team throughout the entirety of his high school years. Due to the pandemic, the team only played one full game during his senior season. He was still able to keep his grades up and succeed academically that year, but he lost an experience that he wishes he could have had. He decided that, because he would no longer be able to dedicate his time and energy to his sport, he was instead going to focus on school
and work. This led him to take a year-long break, and now, he is preparing to start his first semester of college in the fall. He plans to major in History so that he can become a history teacher as well as a baseball coach. Life may not have happened the way he planned, but it was not in vain. Regarding what he learned from this time, Brown stated, “It taught me to grow up. It showed that no matter what happens, you just have to keep moving forward. God has a plan and you can see it through. A little piece of advice for the class of 2021: life isn’t easy because, if it were, it wouldn’t be fun.”
A special moment for Brown was when he attended this year’s championship game to cheer for his former team. Even though he did not get to play, he saw that his former teammates were teaching newer players what he and other past players had first taught them. He said, “I got to see the things I taught my underclassmen, and then
they were teaching them to the upcoming players. It makes me proud to know the things I taught them will not die off.”
Brown is thankful for his close-knit community and the people who have stood by him throughout everything that has happened. Even if he did not have the end to his high school years that he wanted or that he had planned, he is thankful for the time that he had and what he was still able to accomplish. Sometimes, the victories we never intended to achieve are the ones that change us the most.