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WAKE FOREST — Before they were the class of 2019, they were the class of 2012.
A handful of Wake Forest High School graduating seniors last week stepped back into the halls of Wake Forest Elementary School, seven years after they wrapped up fifth grade there.
Elementary administrators and teachers welcomed the teens May 24 for a parade through the school. The grads, dressed in the blue regalia that they will wear when getting their diplomas next month, marched between the classrooms, high-fiving lines of cheering younger students.
It was the first time that the elementary school had hosted former students set to graduate high school.
“It’s very nostalgic,” senior Sarah Flake said. “Whenever you’re in elementary school it seems so far until you graduate.”
Her elementary school teachers were among the best in her education career, Flake said.
“They made me very passionate about education and school and I was able to carry that through middle school and high school,” Flake said.
After the parade, the seniors gathered for group photos — and looked over old class photos from their time in elementary school.
Wake Forest High School seniors graduate June 14.