Today’s Graduates Meet Tomorrow’s Rock Stars

Ellen Sidebotham is clearly a cheerful graduate

Graduates parading down the halls of elementary and middle schools in their district has become a tradition at some schools, and Thornapple Kellogg High School did it for the first time this year. Teachers saw former students, graduates stepped back into former elementary schools the first time since they’d left them, and younger students honored the grads with claps, high-fives and fist bumps.

“They loved it, they felt like rock stars,” said high school Principal Tony Petersen.

Because all district school buildings are close together, grads were able to march the halls in all of them — McFall, Page and Lee elementary schools; and the middle school.

“Congrats! You used to be this size!” one teacher told the grads as they passed.

Sure it’s about the walk, but it’s also about finding the right shoes! And you’ll find all sorts at graduation, from the black gladiator pumps worn by Abbi Tolan (left) to the tan gladiators worn by Aylin Aguiar (center) to the …. oops, the bare feet of Alexus Moore, whose sandals broke!


Linda Odette
Linda Odette is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in journalism. She’s worked primarily as an editor in feature departments at newspapers in West Michigan, including the Grand Rapids Press, the Muskegon Chronicle and the Holland Sentinel. She lives in East Grand Rapids near the Eastown edge, has a teenage son and a daughter in college. Read Linda's full bio


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