Wylie High School Takes ‘Senior Walk’ at Whitt Elementary
On May 18, school buses carrying Wylie High’s graduating seniors arrived promptly at 10 a.m. for the district’s annual “Senior Walk.” Whitt Elementary students took a break from learning to quickly line the halls. Bursting with excitement, they had been patiently waiting for the moment the “big kids” would finally arrive.
Pomp and Circumstance began to play as each graduating senior walked through the doors wearing full regalia, beaming with pride and overflowing with happiness. The students cheered and clapped before reaching their hands out to congratulate them with a handshake or a high-five. The graduating seniors seemed to fully understand the inspiration their success has given to younger children.
Wylie High principal, Virdie Montgomery said, “I believe this event has merit and power. It affects two levels of students. The elementary students just beam as our kids walk their halls. The elementary schools do just a great job of making our kids feel special and their students get to see what they are striving to be someday as a WHS graduate. Our students receive a blessing from this and they feel so special. It is the first time they venture out in cap and gown and I well up with pride as they walk those halls.”
Whitt Elementary principal, Amber Teamann, expressed gratitude to WISD’s superintendent for valuing the impact the “Senior Walk” has on younger students. She explained, “It puts it into perspective for both ends of this education spectrum. The seniors have a moment to look back at where they started…and where they are headed. It’s also probably dawning on them that they aren’t really kids anymore. These younger ones are inspired seeing what’s in store when they one-day graduate. It becomes an obtainable part of their future, that they SEE, versus something they hear grownups talk about. It’s an amazing way to end the school year for everyone involved!”
Segen Gilazgi is this year’s valedictorian and Victoria Bradley achieved the honor of salutatorian. Commencement exercises for Wylie High’s Class of 2018 will be held on May 26 at Allen Event Center.