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Graduation walks evoke memories for seniors

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KENLY — North Johnston High School seniors will visit three elementary schools May 9 ahead of graduation ceremonies on May 31.

Soon-to-be graduates will participate in graduation walks at Glendale-Kenly, Pine Level and Micro elementary schools — the same schools most seniors attended as they began their academic careers.

The walks have become an annual tradition and are something the seniors, their former teachers and students now at the elementary schools look forward to each year.

North Johnston graduation coordinators Laura Barnes, Christy Gandy and Lindsey Johnson are in charge of organizing the event.

Following awards day ceremonies that begin at 8 a.m. on May 9, the seniors will have their group cap and gown photo taken.

They will then travel by bus and are expected to arrive first at Glendale-Kenly, according to Gandy.

After walking the halls and being greeted by Glendale-Kenly students, they will board the bus and go straight to Pine Level Elementary School followed by a visit to Micro Elementary, where they will finish up their tour prior to returning to North Johnston for their senior picnic at noon.

To close out a full day of activities for the students, senior awards night takes place at 5 p.m. May 9 in the school auditorium.

“Just being back at their former schools brings back memories not just for the students, but also for the teachers,” said Gandy. “It is usually very inspirational and often comes with a few tears.”

Gandy said the seniors always return from the walks each year saying how glad they were that they went.