Graduating Northeastern seniors revisit old schools

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Northeastern seniors went back to grade school Friday as they marched around South Vienna School.

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Northeastern High School seniors had a chance to go back to elementary school Friday for a parade in their honor.

The students, who will be graduating soon, walked the same halls that they did when they were children at South Vienna elementary and middle school. It was the first time the school had this type of an event.

“We thought it was a fabulous idea to honor our seniors,” South Vienna Middle School Principal Todd Justice said. “A lot of them were here in elementary and middle school so it’s kind of like a coming home for them.

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“It is a fantastic send-off for them,” he said. “Teachers they had are still here. There is a lot of deep roots in this community. We thought it would be fantastic way for us to say congratulations.”

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The graduating seniors from Northeastern High School got a chance to see where it all began for most of them 12 years ago as they marched through South Vienna School Friday with their graduation caps on. Bill Lackey/Staff

The graduating seniors from Northeastern High School got a chance to see where it all began for most of them 12 years ago as they marched through South Vienna School Friday with their graduation caps on. Bill Lackey/Staff

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The graduating seniors from Northeastern High School got a chance to see where it all began for most of them 12 years ago as they marched through South Vienna School Friday with their graduation caps on. Bill Lackey/Staff

Seniors walked the hallways while the younger students cheered and gave them high-fives. The seniors appeared to be touched by the younger students enthusiasm, and the younger students were impressed by the older students.

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Senior Garreth Sheppeard said he enjoyed the experience.

“It was pretty cool to come back,” he said.

Senior Krista Felzien said it was a day to remember.

“As we were walking around, we were noticing how different it was and how much people had changed and how much the school had changed,” she said. “It looks smaller now that we’re in high school.”

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It was good to see teachers who had helped her reach graduation, Felzien said.

“Some of them looked different and some of them looked just the same as when we had them years ago,” she said.

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