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Grad Walk Inspires Young Students

A local principal hopes to encourage his students to graduate with an idea he got from social media. Today, Thomas Jefferson Elementary in Milan held a "Grad Walk," with graduating seniors from Rock Island High School. 

Principal Mike Nitzel says the high school students wore their caps and gowns and walked the halls of their old grade school to help inspire current students at Jefferson. 
Eleven-year old Natalie Smith, a fifth grader and student ambassador, escorted the 12 graduating seniors on a parade around the playground and into the cafeteria, where they had lunch with the kids. Natalie says she wants to follow in their footsteps. 

"I love that the teachers show us how to achieve our goals..."

Seniors who participated in the walk included Rocky women's basketball player, Janiah Jones. Ashley Hanson will attend Black Hawk College and recently won a writing scholarship.  AgokAyuen  will go to the University of Tennessee to run track. And DerikRiesebieter  plans to study at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.  

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