Grad walk at Creeds Elementary brings high school students back — and offers a glimpse of what is to come

Aspen Arbuckle, 18, marches with fellow seniors from Kellam High School through the halls of Creeds Elementary School on Thursday, June 14, during a grad walk at the rural school. Arbuckle plans to study at James Madison University in the fall. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

CREEDS — Moments before they formed the heart of a parade through the halls at Creeds Elementary School, soon-to-be graduates from Kellam High School gathered in the elementary school’s library on Thursday, June 14.

Randall Baber, 18, of Pungo, said he had attended years earlier, noting a few changes, though the colors are the same. And so is the character of a rural school.

“I liked how it was small,” he said. “Everyone knew everyone. It was nice.”

The Kellam Grad Walk, as it is called, brought graduating seniors who had attended Creeds back to be cheered on by young students and educators, and also to show what is at the end of a successful public school career.

Their classes at Creeds may be well in the past, but some noted the school still is a center of community life.

“I’m here because of basketball and baseball a lot,” said Casey Ransone, 18, of Pungo.

“I had two brothers come through,” said Clayton Keyston, 18, of Blackwater.

“Back in the day, it was fun,” Ransone said.

Casey Conger, the principal at Creeds, greeted the high school students and led them through a cheer.

“Creeds is,” she began.

“Simply the best,” they replied.

“I’m going to need a little more from you,” Conger said.

They did it again, and, a short while later, they were off.

Teachers, staff, students and some parents lined the halls. Many Creeds students held signs congratulating specific students. Some blew bubbles.

The procession started from the library and headed through the school toward the gymnasium. The high school students, in their caps and gowns, waved amid the applause. There were high fives. There were hugs. 

When it was over, the students headed outside to have a picture at the entrance to their old school. Skye Henley, 18, of Pungo said it was a great experience.

“I love it,” she said of Creeds Elementary School. “I’ve grown up here. All of the kids from my church came here, and my cousins.”

Baber also said he had a great time returning to Creeds.

“It was nice to walk the halls again after 12 years,” he said.

Casey Conger, the principal at Creeds Elementary School, leads graduating Kellam High School students through a cheer before a “grad walk” through the elementary school halls in June. [John-Henry Doucette/The Princess Anne Independent News]

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