CUMBERLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Greely High School Class of 2016 will graduate Sunday. Before crossing the stage to get their diplomas, they put on their caps and gowns Friday for one final walk through the hallways of their childhoods.
The inaugural "Senior Walk" was organized by Greely High School guidance counselor Melissa Fowler. The idea was to give the senior class a chance to see where they had come from in their twelve years of school in the district, and allow the younger students to see what they are working toward.
The seniors started in the middle school, walking down hallways lined with cheering students and teachers giving them high-fives.
"Seeing teachers I haven't seen in 10 years and seeing all the kids so excited made me appreciate my time in this district," said senior Charlotte Benoit, who will attend Vassar College in the fall.
Other seniors said the hallways seemed smaller, especially in the kindergarten wing, but it was the perfect way to end their time at Greely.
"It's like a full circle to our stay here in the district, the whole 12 years we have been here. Kind of cool to come back where we started and finish where we end up and start our next journey," said Matthew Pisini. His next journey will take him to the University of Southern California.
Teachers said it was great to see some of their former students return to the lower schools and will serve to inspire younger students.
Greely High School hopes to make the Senior Walk a yearly tradition.