McDonough se­niors visit lo­cal ele­men­tary, mid­dle school

‘Pa­rade of Suc­cess’ in­tended to in­spire younger stu­dents

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com

Mau­rice J. McDonough High School se­niors took a “vic­tory lap” Mon­day, vis­it­ing stu­dents at nearby Matthew Hen­son Mid­dle School and Dr. James Craik Ele­men­tary School to show stu­dents at those two schools what awaits them in the fu­ture.

High school se­niors, adorned in their caps and gowns and ac­com­pa­nied by “Rammy” the ram, McDonough’s mas­cot, vis­ited Matthew Hen­son Mid­dle School early Tues­day morn­ing, greet­ing and high-fiv­ing stu­dents in the

hall­way as they made a cir­cuit of the school.

They then trav­elled to Craik Ele­men­tary and walked through the school, ac­cept­ing wel­comes, thumbs-up and hand­made signs from the ele­men­tary stu­dents.

School board mem­ber Bar­bara Palko said the Pa­rade of Suc­cess, as it is called, be­gan last year with Thomas Stone High School mak­ing vis­its to neigh­bor­ing schools.

“I think it’s an awe­some idea to for them to have this way to cel­e­brate 13 years of school, plus it’s an in­spi­ra­tion for the younger stu­dents,” Palko said.

For McDonough se­nior Tyranny Roys­ter, 17, it was also a trip down mem­ory lane, as she at­tended Craik as an ele­men­tary school stu­dent.

“When I walked in there, it felt like noth­ing had re­ally changed. It felt good to be back,” Roys­ter said. “It was great, see­ing all the teach­ers and all the lit­tle stu­dents. We were pretty much celebri­ties to them, and that felt re­ally good.”

Fel­low se­nior Ma­lik Downey, 17, said it was an odd ex­pe­ri­ence vis­it­ing the school.

“It was sur­real. It felt like I was just there, in their place. Twelve years went by re­ally fast, re­ally, re­ally fast,” Downey said.

Grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies for Charles County stu­dents be­gin Thurs­day evening. McDonough holds its grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies next Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m.

STAFF PHOTO BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Mau­rice J. McDonough mas­cot Rammy the Ram and mem­bers of the Class of 2016 are greeted by stu­dents at Dr. James Craik Ele­men­tary School. McDonough se­niors took a “Pa­rade of Suc­cess” to area schools.

STAFF PHOTO BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Matthew Hen­son Mid­dle School eighth grader Ama­jhia Car­roll, front, waits with other stu­dents to greet vis­it­ing grad­u­at­ing se­niors from Mau­rice J. McDonough High School.

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