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Paris High Seniors Take a Walk Back in Time

PHS Senior Graduates parade through Aikin Elementary
PHS Senior Graduates parade through Aikin Elementary

Paris High School graduating seniors donned their navy caps and gowns a little early for a sentimental journey through their former schools.

Starting from the high school last Thursday afternoon, they climbed into buses and traveled to Aikin Elementary School. They held a Senior Assembly with 3rd and 4th grade students, where the Executive Student Council, Class Officers, and Honor Graduates were introduced.  Executive Student Council President, Jack Kraft, spoke of good memories made at Aikin.

Following the assembly, with the strains of the PHS Fight Song “On Wisconsin” playing over the speaker system, all 900 Aikin students lined the hallways for the Parade of Graduates — a procession through the elementary school hallways.  Their former teachers and younger students lined the hallways, clapping and cheering, giving high-fives and the graduates hugged former teachers and younger siblings and friends.

PHS SeniorsCaitlin Nance and Alli Lancaster (at right) are cheered on by Justiss students.
PHS SeniorsCaitlin Nance and Alli Lancaster (at right) are cheered on by Justiss students.

They repeated the entire process Friday morning for the whole Justiss Elementary School student body.  Class Representative Kenny Mason, a Justiss graduate, brought special greetings and words of thanks to his former teachers.

“This connects where our seniors started to where they finish,” Paris Superintendent Paul Jones said. “It’s also an opportunity for students to get excited and to have somebody clapping for them and patting them on the back.”  Both campuses treated the seniors like rock stars and they enjoyed walking through their schools and seeing former teachers.

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