Seniors retrace their steps

Mira Prisco

Graduates line up to process
Graduates line up to process
Source: Diane Codding
12 years later, seniors receive a once in a lifetime opportunity to revisit their elementary schools one week before they graduate from Dover High School. 

On Thursday May 26, 2016 Dover High Seniors dressed up in full graduation regalia and returned to the halls of the elementary schools where they “started it all."

 Around 80 seniors piled into yellow school buses and headed to Booker T. Washington, East Dover, North Dover, Hartly and Towne Point Elementary Schools.  Senior, Camryn Tunnell, was excited to attend the walk. “It’s a really great experience.  Going back to my old elementary school and seeing my old teachers was very emotional,” Tunnell remarked with a smile.  Elementary students chanted “Dover High, Dover High” and lined the halls to give seniors high fives as they walked by in their blue and white. Tunnell added, “I loved seeing all of the happy kids.  The experience as a whole is just bittersweet.” The moment is also bittersweet for parents of the graduates like Ms. Sonja Tunnell, whom everyone at DHS knows as the friendly face in the main office. Ms. Tunnell did not attend the trip, but was so excited for graduates to start where they began. “Just thinking about it is pretty emotional, Ms. Tunell shared with a little glimmer in her eye, “It really feels like yesterday that I was walking Camryn into Booker T. Washington for the first day of Kindergarten!” 

Hartly Principal, Ms.Augustus, with seniors Camryn Tunnell and Kyla Bonelli
Hartly Principal, Ms.Augustus, with seniors Camryn Tunnell and Kyla Bonelli
Source: Camryn Tunnell

Ms. Codding, who most at Dover High are familiar with, accompanied seniors on their walk. Codding observed that the elementary children were so excited to see these six foot graduates in their regalia. “They cheered them on like superheroes, she remarked, then added “As we left Hartly, I heard a child exclaim ‘that was great!’” Codding also had Tunnell in class, and Ms. Tunnell wanted to make sure to say, “Thank you to all of her teachers, principals, and everyone along her (Cameryn’s) journey.” If one were to think about it, a Dover High School Senior who has been in the district his or her whole life has been in five schools, including the new and old Dover High School, has had at least ten different principals or assistant principals, and well over fifty teachers in his or her journey. 

Graduates are all smiles
Graduates are all smiles
Source: Courtney Voshell

The idea for the walk was the product of a Facebook post from a high school in Texas who did the "walk" in their elementary schools. After Dr. Voshell was tagged by several people asking if it was possible to do it at Dover High School, she organized this final field trip for any senior who would like to participate. She could not be happier with the way it went and with a huge smile shared that, “Today was awesome.” After this memorable experience, Dr. Voshell commented on whether the class of 2017 will be able to “retrace” their steps next year, “We will definitely make this a tradition, next year by trying to pair it with graduation practice so we can have all the seniors join in the walk.” This sounds like a great idea for a “dress rehearsal.”

Seniors will cross the stage and receive their diplomas a week from tonight, at 6:00pm, in the Senator Stadium. For more information on the ceremony, guidelines, and parking please visit the Dover High School webpage http://www.doverhigh.capital.k12.de.us/page/4316


The class of 2016!
The class of 2016!
Source: Courtney Voshell