FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – It was an afternoon filled with both smiles and tears as Elmhurst students and faculty gathered for their final goodbye's.
Elmhurst High School has been a staple in this community since 1931, and much more than the school next to the gravel pit. Today, the Indiana’s NewsCenter was there as students were dismissed for the final time.
For some it was a somber occasion filled with tears and hugs. For others the end of the day was more of a celebration of time spent together as students and faculty created their last memories together.
Administrators surprised students with a Field Day, where students competed in hula-hoop competitions, three-legged-races, and other activities.
There have been some reports that administrators used the event to get students outside, and then locked the doors without allowing students to re-enter the building. Students were dismissed from the stands by the football field. Then they either drove home or loaded one of the waiting school buses.
But today was about more than all of that. It was a chance for some to say goodbye, reflect on their time at Elmhurst, and look to the future. The word family was a common theme among students and staff.
Principal Chad Hissong said, “"We made the decision today to celebrate the last day of school instead of allowing the last day of school to be a somber event, and as you can see today, the kids had a great time. They enjoyed it, and they were interacting with one another. It was the last time for them to spend time with their family."
“I think it’s important to end like we did. As a family. Our principal has had a motto the whole two years that he’s been here. ‘Family… we believe.’ So I think this was just a way to say that Elmhurst really was a family,” said Elmhurst Registrar Venus Bush.
“Everyone here at Elmhurst says, ‘Once a Trojan, always a Trojan.’ So even at different events at different schools we’re still going to be Trojans and still have that family bond with each other,” said Freshman Shannon Williams.
“It’s really amazing and a once in a lifetime chance. I’m really glad I got to finish my four years here and Elmhurst and call myself a Trojan,” said Senior Katrina Krudop.
Today Elmhurst held class for the final time, served lunch for the final time, dismissed for the final time. But the memories each person who has ever been a part of Elmhurst holds can’t be taken away or shut down.
Memories last a lifetime.
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