Members of the Triton Regional High School Class of 2019 returned to their elementary school as successful future graduates Thursday during the third annual SES Senior Walk.
“The school still smells the same,” said one student as the group of just under 40 young adults entered the front lobby.
Although the high school students will graduate Saturday morning, they took a walk through the halls of their old elementary school to the applause and high fives of the current SES students.
The seniors then headed for the gymnasium to hold a special assembly with the third through sixth graders.
Dylan Schute told the assembled students to “enjoy the whole ride” all the way through high school.
“It’s going to go wicked fast,” he said.
The perils of middle school were also addressed by the graduating seniors.
“Just get to class on time,” Jeremy Duford said. “I was always late to class and my teachers hated me for it. And do your homework. That is the biggest thing because I almost didn’t pass eighth grade because of that.”
The younger students were unhappy to hear that they would have to wake up one hour earlier to go to Triton Regional Middle School.
“Enjoy the sleep while you can,” Jeffrey Cross said
The Class of 2019 also advised the younger students to enter the middle school without fear and embrace their new friends from Newbury and Rowley.
“People are going to make fun of you, they are going to say whatever they want,” Sam Rennick said. “Don’t take any of it. If someone says something and you take it in, they are going to keep doing it. If they say something to you, you be like, ‘who cares?’”
Grace Poster told the students “just be nice to everyone.”
“As long as you get along with everyone, you really won’t have a problem,” Poster said. “Also, try everything. That really worked out for me and you never know what is going to happen.”
Schute admitted he wished he had behaved a bit better, growing up.
“You have a lot of great teachers here,” Schute said. “So, really enjoy your time here. As you are going into the middle school, even though it is a new chapter and you won’t know anyone, it’s going to be the best time of your life. You will have a core group of people and some of my best friends are from (the Newbury Elementary School and Pine Grove Elementary School.) that being said, I wish I did better here. But I wouldn’t change anything, particularly. But it was a great time.”
Retired teacher Florence Mungillo had many of the members of the Class of 2019 as first graders and found herself becoming emotional when her former students reentered the building Thursday.
“This is like seeing my children, all grown up,” she said. “Some of them you can tell who they are right away and some of them you can’t.”
Staff writer Jim Sullivan covers Amesbury and Salisbury for The Daily News. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 978-961-3145. Follow him on Twitter @ndnsully.