A celebration of epic proportions wrapped up the last day for Hopkins High School Seniors. A “parade,” live music, an appearance from Leo the Lion, a picnic and more left seniors with last day of school memories that will last a lifetime.
After picking up their cap and gown, seniors hopped on a bus where they were taken to their former elementary schools within the district. Seniors were welcomed into the building with cheers and congratulations from former teachers and current elementary-aged students. As they paraded through the building many kids gave graduates high fives.
Jeff Radel, principal of Glen Lake Elementary School, said the whole experience was a cool opportunity for everyone.
“To see students that have gone through the Hopkins schools and the hard work that it takes and to celebrate as a whole big school community is pretty special,” Radel said.
Jesper Hoffman, a graduating senior at HHS, was bombarded with hugs from kids in one of the classrooms. He spent the year helping out in an elementary school classroom every other day as part of community involvement. He said it was a pretty good feeling to get that support from those kids and teachers alike.
“I think it’s really cool to see the teachers that taught you so long ago and see how far you’ve come,” Hoffman said.
When seniors returned to the high school, they were welcomed back with a picnic outside and yard games on the football field. Leo the Lion even made an appearance in celebration of their final moments as high school students.