It’s elementary: Emotions flow in IRHS’s Graduation Stroll

Indian River High School seniors with ties to John M. Clayton Elementary gather for a group shot during the Graduation Stroll. Pictured in back, Jaden Turlington, Kobe Gibbs, Myles Clark, Garrett Bomhardt, and front, DaMya Williams and Fabrea McCray.

FRANKFORD – On Tuesday, May 29, members of Indian River High School’s Class of 2018 will walk across the stage with diplomas as high school graduates.

Thursday morning, they strolled through their elementary school stomping grounds where their educational journey began.

Handshakes, hugs, high-fives and occasional emotional embraces were the order of the morning as several dozen Indian River High School seniors took part in IR’s 2nd Annual Graduation Stroll.

First stop was John M. Clayton Elementary, a 3-wood and 5-iron shot from IRHS, followed by stroll tours through Phillip C. Showell Elementary in Selbyville and Lord Baltimore Elementary in Ocean View.

Soon-to-be graduates were greeted with applause and signs as students and staff at the elementary schools lined the hallways.

The stroll through John M. Clayton Elementary was an emotional reunion and homecoming of sorts for Fabrea McCray, class president for IRHS’s graduating class.

“Memories,” said Fabrea. “We are actually the first class to graduate from here. Fifth grade was our very year here and we were the first graduating class. So, it was very much bittersweet.”

Fabrea hopes the graduation stroll will have a positive impact in further motivating the young elementary students.

“It’s a great opportunity to come back and show the kids that their time is going to come, and it’s possible. Just to give hope to the kids I think it’s a great opportunity for all of us,” said Fabrea, who excelled in academics and athletics at IRHS. “And seeing the old teachers that we had is really nice. And then seeing the emotions, because there have been times where us kids, we didn’t always listen. But lo and behold it really did pay off with all of the hard work we’ve done.”


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