Graduation Time: Proctor Students Walk-Through to Inspire Younger Generation

Taylor Holt
Updated: May 17, 2018 10:03 AM

From smiles to high fives, even familiar hugs, there was no shortage of celebration at Bayview Elementary School Wednesday morning.

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The cause for celebration was graduation for Proctor High School students.

Garbed in their cap and gowns, the senior graduating class continued an annual tradition, walking down the hallways of several elementary schools, greeting the younger kids, who joined in on congratulating them on their big milestone.

"It was cool. All of them (the kids) were like, 'Congratulations. I wish I was graduating," said Erika Anderson, one of the graduating seniors.

"It was super fun to see their smiling faces and all the little signs they made," said Pavle Lippert, another graduate.

"It was awesome and I really liked it, and they were big," said Cameron, one of the Kindergarten students after the walk-through.

The tradition started a few years ago to inspire the little ones at their elementary schools, like Cameron. 

"Just seeing the young kids, and how they look up to the seniors at Proctor High School, it just shows the community," said Lippert.

"It gives the students something, a goal, for them to see as the seniors come through that, "Hey they can do it," said Bayview Principal Diane Morin. "We want them to realize that that is the end (goal) to ultimately graduate from high school."

For some graduates, it was more than just a walk-through but a trip down memory lane.

"I went to Bayview and it has changed so much since I have been there," said Anderson.

It was even reminiscent for Morin, and other teachers at the school.

"That's really the fun part about it, is to see how the kids have grown because many of them we haven't seen for a number of years," said Morin.

 In the end, the goal is to help share this milestone as they get ready for the next step in their journey.

"I'm going to the University of Minnesota Mankato for nursing," said Anderson.

"I'm going to go to UMD and major in communications and minor in music," said Lippert.

As they head into that new chapter, their advice is simple.

"(I would say) to just have fun and it doesn't last forever so have fun," said Anderson.

"I think high school is a time where you find friends, you discover who you are so for me, (I would say) just have fun. Don't live with regrets and just be you," said Lippert.

The seniors also visited Pike Lake Elementary School. They graduate on June 3.


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