The final walk

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Photo by Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune

It’s become a tradition for the seniors at Parkway High School to parade through the halls on their last day of school.

Led by Principal Dr. Nichole Bourgeois, administrators, faculty and the drum line, it’s a highly anticipated event that marks the end of their K-12 education. The seniors then make their way into the gymnasium to pick up their cap and gown.

Macie Morris plans to attend Louisiana Tech University in the fall. She said her favorite thing about Parkway was football season, hands down.

For Miranda Scotten, senior year was all about soccer and friendships.

“The bonds that I made here will last forever,” Scotten said. “Hail Parkway!”
Scotten said she plans to attend LSU Baton Rouge to major in biochemistry. She also hopes to be part of their soccer team, too.

Her advice to the future graduates is simple — “Obey the rules!”

Alec Mason is eager to begin college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He plans on majoring in biology and taking the pre-med path.

His most memorable part of senior year was performing for Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards at the state capital and being recognized at the band banquet for all their hard work.

His advice to the future graduates of Parkway is to not be afraid to look at colleges outside of Louisiana.

“There are many opportunities out there for you,” Mason said.

Bossier Parish seniors will have one last chance to walk together this weekend. Plain Dealing High School will be the first to celebrate its graduating class during a ceremony Friday night.

Saturday will be full of pomp and circumstance as the remaining classes line up and walk across the stage at the CenturyLink Center. It will be a day of cheers, tears, hugs and fist bumps as the Class of 2016 says goodbye.

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GRADUATION SCHEDULE:

Plain Dealing HS Graduation
Friday, May 13 @ 6 p.m.
Plain Dealing High School

Bossier Parish Graduations
Saturday, May 14
CenturyLink Center
9:30 a.m. — Airline
11:30 a.m. — Benton
1 p.m. — Bossier
2:30 p.m. — Haughton
4 p.m. – Parkway