Seniors tour feeder schools in caps and gowns
North East, Rising Sun students return to old stomping grounds
— 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
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.”
North East High School seniors walk through the halls of North East Middle School in hopes of inspiring the younger students.
The summer heat made the perfect opportunity for an old-fashioned water pistol fight at the Elkton Moose Lodge Saturday.
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.