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Monticello takes a step back

June 13, 2017

a senior student poses with a kindergarten studentBefore Monticello High School’s class of 2017 takes their next steps forward, they took a step back and revisited the hallways of their childhood during the district’s second-annual Panther Parade of Pride.

The graduating seniors, donned in blue graduation gowns, filed onto school buses and visited each school in the district. Students and teachers at each school lined the hallways with signs, bubbles and confetti and cheered as the seniors strolled down the halls.

“It’s a poignant trifecta,” Superintendent Tammy Mangus said. “Not only does this tradition give our seniors a chance to reflect upon their educational journey, and our teachers the opportunity to share in our seniors’ triumph of graduation, it also sparks inspiration in our youngest students who are watching all of the excitement unfold. They look at the senior students and think, “one day, I want to do that too.” It’s the epitome of leading by example.”

Following the Panther Parade of Pride, the seniors caravanned back to Monticello High School for the district’s annual Blue and White ceremony. Department and instructional leaders presented students with a multitude of awards and scholarships in front of an audience of underclassman, families and friends.

Watch a video of the Panther Parade of Pride.