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Graduates-to-be retrace steps through lower grades

The Park Rapids Class of 2022 walked through the school halls on May 17.

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Isaac Knapp scores a hug while leading the lineup of Park Rapids Area High School seniors marching May 17, 2022 through the halls of Century School. Behind him, classmates Nick Michaelson, Abby Morris, Jaxson Lund and Collin Hoyt touch hands with the elementary students lined up to watch them pass.
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Members of the Park Rapids Area High School class of 2022 robed up Tuesday morning and marched through the halls of Century School, before doing the same at their own school.

Students lined the hallways to watch the procession, many of them sticking out their hands to smack palms with the seniors. A few even offered hugs.

The pre-graduation tradition was the senior class’s first earful of “Pomp and Circumstance,” piped in over the school’s intercom system as an early taste of their big day.

“It's so important for our youngest Panthers to see our eldest Panthers at their best,” said Elementary Principal Mike LeMier. “The graduating seniors have put in so much dedication and commitment to get where they are, and as elementary teachers, we feel a responsibility to our kids to make sure they get the chance to graduate.

“The elementary students were so excited to see the seniors walk the halls today in their caps and gowns. It's very aspirational for our kids.”

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Currently, 86 seniors are scheduled to graduate at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29 on the high school football field, or in the gymnasium if the weather is inclement.

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Park Rapids Area High School took a break for school spirit-inspired fun on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 1.

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at rfish@parkrapidsenterprise.com or 218-252-3053.
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