The South Johnston High Class of 2016 inspired younger generations to achieve their own graduation by walking the halls of their former elementary and middle schools.
Donning their caps and gowns, seniors walked through the halls of Benson Elementary, Four Oaks Elementary, and Meadow School.
“I was more than thrilled to see the seniors walk. It was better than I imagined it would be,” said Tracie Johnson, Benson Elementary remediation specialist and co-planner of the event. “Just knowing that I helped play a part in the walk and that my son, Joseph, was able to participate has been so special. I look forward to this being a tradition for our students.”
Teachers were encouraged to have their classes come up with creative ways for elementary students to display their own graduation years. Students held up signs, wore hats, held banners, and had their graduation years written on sunglass lenses.
Elementary and middle school students lined the halls, cheered, and gave high fives as graduation seniors marched to Pomp and Circumstance being played throughout the schools.
After the walk, third and fourth grade students at Benson Elementary listened to four of the seniors speak. Eddie Glenn, Joseph Johnston, Destiny Norris, and Diocelin Vega spoke to the students on how to be successful if English is your second language, how to succeed academically if you play sports, and the importance of being involved in high school.