About 150 members of the Class of 2018 from Newark High School got a preview of what it will be like to graduate on June 22 when they walked through the halls of Lincoln, Perkins and Kelley schools and outside Newark Middle School while wearing their caps and gowns as students ands staff waved and cheered them on.
Immediately after the end-of-the-year awards assembly, graduates from Lincoln School boarded buses to visit those students while Perkins alumni went to their school. Once at the pre-kindergarten through second-grade schools, seniors walked through the halls as children, many holding signs, cheered and applauded along with staff members. Some students gave teachers high fives or quick hugs as they went through the hallways.
All seniors went to Kelley School, where they were met by students, staff and upbeat music played on the public address system. After walking through the school hallways and cafeteria, seniors exited the building and went to Perkins Park to eat pizza and cookies provided by NHS.
An hour later, they were dropped off at the Woodlane entrance to NMS. They walked up the hill to the excited cheers of students and staff.
Immediately afterward, seniors attended an ice cream social in the NHS Cafeteria. Students ate sundaes served to them by senior class co-advisers Debora Barry and Amy Lannon as well as school counselors. They signed yearbooks, and received envelope time capsules they had assembled in sixth-grade at NMS.