HARLINGEN — It was a day to reunite with childhood classmates and teachers at Calvary Christian School yesterday morning where more than two dozen former students took part in the school’s annual Senior Walk.
Many of the students hadn’t seen each other since they attended the Harlingen school as children.
Like many of the students, Alexander Castillo started at Calvary Christian as a baby.
“I went to school since I was in the nursery all the way until about fourth grade.”
Returning to the campus where he spent so much of his childhood, his mother made sure to take plenty of pictures of him with classmates, teachers and principals.
“It’s very nice; it brings back that feeling of nostalgia of just coming back and seeing all your friends and stomping grounds,” he said. “It’s really, really nice.”
Castillo will be graduating from Harlingen High School South next month and is planning on attending Texas A&M University and beginning his pre-med education.
Middle school principal Tami Johnson hugged each of the students as they entered the chapel of the school. She said the senior walk is a rather new tradition that began just three years ago.
“It is so much fun to see all these kids … some of these kids that finished with us in eighth grade four years ago have been here since the time they were infants, so this is home away from home for a lot of these kids.”
Once the chapel services concluded, all of the younger students lined a hallway anxious to see the soon to be graduates in their caps and gowns.
Like celebrities, the children shared high fives and fist bumps with the seniors.
Stephanie Rhymer was on hand to see her son Jack Rhymer walk the hall.
“It is so awesome that they do this for these kids. It shows the little ones that we can be there too someday.”
The vast majority of the seniors will be attending A&M where some will study business, chemical, electrical and aerospace engineering. Two of the students will be valedictorians of their schools and many finished in the Top 10 of their graduating classes.