Carroll High School 2018 graduate Hannah Haberl exchanges high-fives with students at Fairview Elementary School, while watching is Kyla Boes.
Carroll High School 2018 graduate Hannah Haberl exchanges high-fives with students at Fairview Elementary School, while watching is Kyla Boes.

May 24, 2018

Carroll High School seniors took a break from their graduation practice last Friday morning to retrace their education journey.

Wearing their graduation caps and gowns, they boarded buses and headed to Adams and Fairview Elementary schools and Carroll Middle School. At those schools they were cheered by students and staff members, who lined hallways to slap hands or exchange high-fives.

Carly Aschinger, who attended third through 12th grade in Carroll Community Schools, commented, “Walking through the schools one last time has shown me that the days were long, but the years went fast. From elementary to high school, all of the buildings and the Class of 2018 will always have a special place in my heart.”

Connor Gottsch, who attended Carroll Community Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, said, “It brought thankful and happy thoughts about all the kind leaders that helped me grow and shine on my path to graduation.”

The CHS graduation visits were started three years ago, however, last year’s were rained out.

Carroll High School Principal Tammie McKenzie said, “We really appreciate the graciousness of the district administrators to welcome the graduates into their buildings for this very special walk. There is no doubt that the success of the graduates is because of the great foundation and education that the entire district has provided. I am thankful that we have such outstanding instructors PK-12 and such wonderful parents and students to work with. I will miss the Class of 2018.”

Carroll High graduation will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in the school gym, with 119 seniors participating.

Valedictorian speakers will be Tanner Finken, Taryn Lawler, Grant Meiners and Alexa Muhlbauer.

Featured speaker will be Carroll High School language arts teacher Kim Klein. Klein, who graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in 1993 and then earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa, has taught her entire 19-year career in Carroll Community School District. She previously also served as CHS dance team sponsor three years.