Se­niors tour feeder schools in caps and gowns

North East, Ris­ing Sun stu­dents re­turn to old stomp­ing grounds

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - IS­SUE By JANE BELLMYER & JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— Though grad­u­a­tion is still nearly a week away, North East and Ris­ing Sun High School se­niors got to put on their caps and gowns a few days early.

The soon-to-be grad­u­ates from the two schools

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donned their caps and gown on Fri­day morn­ing and trav­eled to the mid­dle and ele­men­tary schools in their feeder pat­terns to act as role mod­els for the younger stu­dents.

“This is to show our stu­dents that for years to come, this will be the ex­pec­ta­tion,” said David Foye, North East High prin­ci­pal.

Though this is the first year both Ris­ing Sun and North East high schools de­cided to do the cap and gown walk, both schools came up with the idea sep­a­rately af­ter see­ing it on so­cial me­dia.

North East High as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Kate Owens said the re­cep­tion from the feeder schools was great, not­ing that stu­dents at Bay View Ele­men­tary School were hold­ing signs and one boy even threw con­fetti as the grad­u­ates walked through.

“Our stu­dents had a great time, they loved it,” Owens said. “They all had smiles on their faces when they got back.”

For North East Mid­dle School staff, the cap and

gown walk was bit­ter­sweet. Many of the teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors there got to see the stu­dents they taught as mid­dle school­ers re­turn as soon-to-be grad­u­ates.

“I’ve been here six years,” said NEMS as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Jen­nifer Shaw. “I def­i­nitely had to try and keep it to­gether.”

The walk also acted as a great way to mo­ti­vate the younger stu­dents and show them what hap­pens when they work hard, Shaw added.

The re­cep­tion was sim­i­lar at Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School, with both teach­ers and se­niors rem­i­nisc­ing as the stu­dents walked the halls of their for­mer school. In ad­di­tion to walk­ing the halls, se­niors also stopped in at sev­eral class­rooms to share ad­vice about high school with the eighth grade stu­dents.

In one class­room, Abbey Dim­ling, a RSHS se­nior, ex­plained to eighth-graders the dif­fer­ence be­tween AP course­work and tak­ing col­lege classes through Ce­cil Col­lege. Dim­ling, who touted Ce­cil Col­lege over AP, said much of the cost is re­duced to the stu­dent and the stu­dents get that col­lege credit at a sav­ings.

Kath­leen Stoudt, an RSHS phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher and the se­nior class ad­vi­sor, said the ad­vice shar­ing was an im­por­tant part of the walk. Many mid­dle school stu­dents are ap­pre­hen­sive about go­ing on to high school and she said hear­ing from the grad­u­at­ing se­niors helped with that.

“To­day was so much fun for our kids and the other schools,” she said. “I think it’s go­ing to be­come a tra­di­tion.”

Melissa Freel, a RSMS teacher, agreed that the se­niors’s ad­vice to her eighth­graders was in­valu­able.

“It gives them an im­pres­sion for sure to see that achieve­ment,” Freel said. “It’s a re­minder...they can do more if they start off on the right foot.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

North East High School se­niors walk through the halls of North East Mid­dle School in hopes of in­spir­ing the younger stu­dents.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

The sum­mer heat made the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for an old-fash­ioned wa­ter pis­tol fight at the Elk­ton Moose Lodge Satur­day.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Rick Ed­wards, prin­ci­pal of Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School, pre­pares vis­it­ing se­niors from Ris­ing Sun High School to talk with his stu­dents about keep­ing the goal of grad­u­a­tion in their fu­tures.

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