In order to promote the importance of academics in Hopatcong Borough Schools, this year the seniors participated in the first ever “senior walk” through the elementary schools. The intent was to emphasize staying in school to ultimately receive a high school diploma, as demonstrated by the participants in the event.
As part of Friday’s graduation practice, seniors donned their caps and gowns, boarded buses and visited the Middle School, Durban Avenue Elementary School, and then Tulsa Trail Elementary School. At first, seniors were apprehensive about parading through the hallways of their previously attended schools, but warmed up quickly once they were welcomed like local celebrities. Staff, students and administration lined the long hallways to greet the soon-to-be graduates with cheers, high-fives and festive music.
The district’s Athletic Director, Chris Buglovsky, coordinated the event with the cooperation of Byram Bus Company who provided the transportation.
Tulsa Trail School Principal, Brian Byrne said “What a pleasure it was to have the HHS graduating senior class get “clapped out” through the halls of Tulsa Trail School. It was a joy to be able to recognize and reward them for their efforts as well as a chance for our Tulsa Trail students to see what awaits them down the road after years of hard work. Congratulations to the HHS Class of 2016!
Durban Avenue School Principal Tracey Henzs shares, “This is a very special class, my very first first grade when I was principal of Hudson Maxim. It seems like yesterday that they all graduated from Safety Town and now they are graduating High School. So proud of them!”
Needless to say, the senior walk was a success and all of the students enjoyed being a part of a new tradition.