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Covid-19 is a crisis we can conquer

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

CNN Opinion asked three students who have faced significant adversity in their lives to share how those experiences have given them the strength to persevere amid the pandemic.

And while we miss out on prom, senior trips, yearbook signings and formal graduations, I remind myself that I've faced far worse circumstances than this -- and I've come out the other side.

Of course, it was a struggle, but once again my community of friends, family and counselors came to my aid -- and made sure I finished my high school education.

While I am disappointed I don't get to celebrate this milestone with the many people who helped me get to graduation day, I also know that I can handle this curve ball -- and any more that come my way.

Nile Francis is a recent graduate of South Cobb High School in Austell, Georgia.

A senior in high school, I was looking forward to celebrating all the milestones graduates do -- prom, senior week celebrations, and graduation itself.

Days later, my younger siblings and I began to experience flu-like symptoms, as the virus took hold of our home.

When the pandemic began -- but before my family and I got sick -- my internship quickly moved to remote work, while my job at the pizzeria required me to commute to and from the store each day.

Airreona Godfrey is a recent graduate of Frank Cody High School in Detroit, Michigan.

I am also fortunate to have more than just my music -- I have a village of friends and family who supported me through my cancer diagnosis and are supporting me through Covid-19.

In the absence of experiencing my high school milestones in my person, my "village" is an important reminder that I can get through even the toughest of times.

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