The Conway High School Senior Class of 2017 celebrates their last day of school by taking a "trip back in time" to their very first days of school.
The seniors gathered together for a breakfast this morning, where Principal Jason Lawrence reminded the class of all they have accomplished.
"We started out this year and I asked you to do two things for me...to show up and to be a leader. You have done those things and I am so proud of all of you," said Lawrence. "My senior year of high school was one of the best times of my life. I hope yours has been as well."
After a slide show video with highlights from their Senior year, the students put on their caps and gowns and loaded up on school buses, headed back to the Elementary School they attended. Students who are new to the district simply chose which of the 9 Elementary Schools they wished to visit.
The 2017 Seniors arrived at their former schools to find hundreds of elementary school students, their teachers, and the Principals waiting for them...smiling, cheering, and waving.
"Wow! This place looks so little!"
"That's my old classroom!"
"It even smells the same in here!"
"I can't believe we are back! SO cool!"
Their "Senior Walk" through the hallways was full of emotion from teachers and students alike. There were many happy reunions of teachers with their former students.
"These are all my babies and they have all grown up!" says Conway School Teacher Sherri Pillow. Pillow, who now teaches at Carl Stuart Middle School, taught at Marguerite Vann for 10 years. She gathered her Kindergarten class together for a photo today- eight out of her twenty students were at Vann for the Senior Walk.
Her son Jack is also among the graduates who walked the halls at Vann today, making this event extra special for her.
"The Senior Walk through the halls of their first school is symbolic of many things," says Heather Kendrick, Communication Specialist for Conway Schools. "We hope it will remind our seniors of how far they have come, and how important it is to finish strong, because they are examples and role models."
"At the same time, we hope that seeing these “big kids” in their caps and gowns will give the elementary students a vision for what their own future can be like if they work hard and persevere. We want them to remember this and work to achieve it."
This is the first year for the Senior Walk to be held in Conway Schools. School leaders hope it will become an annual tradition.
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