School’s now out for the summer for Catholic schools in Regina, but before the last bell rang, F.W. Johnson Collegiate graduates boarded the school bus for the very last time.
On Tuesday — their last-ever day of high school — more than 80 grads dressed up in caps and gowns, and headed back to their elementary schools to show former teachers their accomplishments.
Elementary school students and educators lined the halls of Judge Bryant, Henry Braun, Glen Elm and George Ferguson to cheer on the class of 2017. And Grade 12 graduate Miles Kinvig said that was his favourite part.
“I think (the grad walk) gave the kids hope — hope to push forward and hope to graduate when they get to my grade,” said Kinvig.
And emitting sentiments of hope and inspiration was exactly the goal of the grad walk, according to teacher-librarian Jeannie Scarfe, who called the feeder school tour a success and hopes to do it again next year.
The idea to hold a grad walk came to Scarfe’s mind one day when she discovered a blog post of high schools doing it across the U.S.
“I’m really proud of the kids, and I want them to be able to go back to where it all started and say, ‘I made it. I did it,'” Scarfe remembered thinking.
For Kinvig, walking through Judge Bryant his former elementary school was nostalgic.
“It was a very nice experience going through the halls and getting to re-live some memories that I went through when I was younger,” explained Kinvig.
While most were reminiscing about the good old days as they strutted the halls, Grade 12 grad Melissa Kozie was thinking more about her future.
“I only have to take one more English class (in university) and then I’m done English, so I’m super excited about that,” laughed Kozie. “I’m just excited to be able to learn things that I actually want to learn from now on.”
In the fall, Kozie is headed to the University of Regina to begin her science degree, and eventually make her way out of Saskatchewan to study optometry.
Kozie said she hopes she’ll always have a place at Johnson, but knows that the time has come to start the next chapter in her life, and she can’t wait to start.
As for Kinvig, he also plans to attend the U of R and earn his Bachelor of Science. However, he feels more anxious than excited about what lies ahead.
“From being in Grade 9 and not knowing what’s going on to now, not knowing what’s going on in the future years after university, it’s quite a surreal thing and it’s very scary,” explained Kinvig.
While he’s not certain of his future, Kinvig said he’s sure of one piece of advice for future high schoolers: “Always choose the right friends, they’re always there with you. They’ll keep you out of the worst things, and they’ll keep you doing your best.”