Wayne graduates walk the halls of elementary schools

By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT HD Media
WAYNE – Next week, the Wayne High School Class of 2017 will take its last walk together as one cohesive unit on graduation day.
But before that last walk, the seniors banded together to lead younger students across the the county by example Tuesday morning, visiting three elementary schools to showcase their personal and class achievements.
The two-year traditional graduation walk was implemented by Principal Sara Stapleton after a faculty member saw news coverage from a school in the Midwest taking on the act.
“It gives our students a way to give back to the feeder system we have here in Wayne County and to show these younger kids they have something to look forward to,” Stapleton said.
Senior Kyle Powers, who attended Lavalette Elementary School both as a student and during the walk Tuesday, said it was great to return to the school and see it in a different perspective.
“At the time, we didn’t think anything of it, we were just little kids going to school,” he said. “But to be older and to return to see what they are seeing is just surreal. It was just a few years ago we were there in their shoes. This has been a really cool opportunity.”
Powers said he would give those students the advice to always try their hardest, no matter what.
“Even if it may seem like you can’t finish a test or you can’t pass a class, just always try your hardest and make the most of everything – especially high school,” he said.
Lavalette’s interim principal, Kelli Bonar, said it was great to have the seniors at the school to set an example for the children.
“It gives our students something to look forward to in the future, and it lets them know that at one point those graduates were just like them,” she said. “It is also a great way to kind of see the high school give back in a way to the feeder schools. I would love to see something like this come from Spring Valley as well.”
The class of 2017 will graduate 170 students May 19 at WHS.