By Nick Sestanovich
This Saturday is Benicia High School’s Class of 2016 graduation, and more than 400 seniors will be ready to start an exciting new chapter in their lives. The end of high school will not be the only chapter of their lives that will be closing, as many of them have been attending schools in Benicia since kindergarten. Elementary school is where students gain the fundamental skills that will guide them through not only the rest of their schooling but also life itself. That is why several graduating seniors will be paying visit to their elementary school alma maters Wednesday for the first ever Senior Parade.
The premise behind the Senior Parade is simple. Participating seniors will be assigned to the Benicia elementary school they graduated from— those who did not attend elementary school in Benicia can still choose to participate at any of the city’s four elementary schools— where they will parade through the halls in their caps and gowns and receive high-fives and cheers from teachers and students as they pass by.