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Walking the walk: Graduates celebrated

By Brittany Anderson

Hays CISD seniors recently had the opportunity to participate in an end-of-school-year tradition that celebrates graduating seniors and inspires the younger generation of students. 

Hundreds of seniors from Hays High School, Johnson High School and Lehman High School packed into buses last week and visited the district’s elementary and middle school campuses for the annual Senior Walk.

On May 19, nearly 200 Hays HS seniors visited students and staff at Kyle, Negley, Buda, Tobias and Blanco Vista elementary schools, as well as Wallace Middle School. 

Hays High School seniors visited elementary schools during the annual Senior Walk. Photo courtesy of Hays CISD

On May 20, over 300 Johnson HS seniors, the school’s first ever graduating class, visited Carpenter Hill, Tom Green, Pfluger, Elm Grove and Camino Real elementary schools. 

The inaugural graduating class of Johnson High School visited elementary schools during the campus’ first Senior Walk. Photo courtesy of Hays CISD

On May 23, almost 200 Lehman HS seniors visited Blanco Vista, Kyle, Tobias, Hemphill, Uhland, Pfluger, Fuentes and Science Hall elementary schools, as well as Wallace, Chapa and Simon middle schools.  

Lehman High School seniors visited close to a dozen campuses during the annual Senior Walk. Photo courtesy of Hays CISD

Hays CISD has held ‘senior walks’ for the past several years as a way to celebrate graduating students and allow them to walk through the halls of campuses they grew up in. The event also serves as an inspiration to elementary and middle school students who can look up to graduating seniors and see that they will one day be in their shoes. 

As they made their way through the halls in their graduation caps and robes, seniors were met with congratulatory posters, claps, cheers and high-fives from younger students. 

About Author

Brittany Anderson graduated from Texas State University in August 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She previously worked at KTSW 89.9, Texas State University's radio station, for nearly two years in the web content department as a writer and assistant manager. She has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch since July 2021.

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