In less than six minutes, dozens of high-fives were finished, raucous cheering subsided, and the seniors could leave their brief walk down memory lane.
The speedy event occurred two days before graduation and had graduating seniors walk the halls of their old elementary schools while being cheered on by elementary students.
Wednesday’s Senior Walk at Cypress Elementary School in Cedar Park featured dozens of graduating seniors from Cedar Park High School clad in green gowns and caps while roaming the halls of the elementary school while receiving high-fives, handshakes and cheers from younger students.
The seniors, lined up in a single row, quickly passed through long lines of elementary students from every classroom who eagerly showered them with affection. The young students’ backs hugged both walls of the hallways near their respective classrooms, leaving an aisle in the center of the hallway for the seniors to walk through.
“It’s an opportunity for our students to see where they will go and for our seniors that come back it’s an opportunity for them to see where their foundation for education began,” said Principal Kristen Alex, who is in her first year as principal at Cypress Creek.
All the seniors in the event were previous students at Cypress Elementary School, but not all were graduating from Cedar Park High School, Alex said.
One senior, for instance, is graduating from Leander High School.
“They go to those schools now, which are not within our feeder pattern, but they came to elementary here. So, it’s their choice to contact us and find out when our senior walk is happening,” Alex said.
As the seniors gathered by the front entrance and elementary students rushed to their places in the hallways minutes before the event began at 2 p.m., one excited student who passed the graduates said, “those are the seniors!”
Once the graduates began their walk through the elementary campus, it was only around six minutes before they had finished and began posing for pictures taken by parents and school officials.
“It went by so fast,” said Marisa Luparello, a Cedar Park High School graduate who participated in the event. “It’s nice to revisit where I came from and see the teachers who helped me grow.”
Luparello said she plans to attend Texas Tech University in the fall.
“As educators we pour everything we can into these kids, so to get a chance to see them move on is an honor,” Alex said.