Class of 2018 Senior Walk
Over 400 Farmingdale High School seniors—dressed in their green and white graduation gowns—returned to their elementary schools for the Districts’ second annual Senior Walk. The nostalgic procession took place at all four Farmingdale elementary schools— Albany Avenue, Northside, Saltzman East Memorial, and Woodward Parkway.
The Class of 2018 were welcomed back with great enthusiasm by their former school principals, faculty, and administrators—happy and excited to revisit the classrooms and hallways of their childhood. As the graduating seniors walked the school they were cheered by K-5 students waving colorful signs emblazoned with their names. Many young students held out their small hands, hoping for a senior high-five. Each school prepared something special—marching bands, message boards, pictures—and had the seniors recreate their 5th grade group photo.
Valedictorian Britney Pham walked the halls of Saltzman East Memorial and Salutatorian Becky O’Rourke marched through Woodward Parkway. Retiring Superintendent John Lorentz was on hand to see the seniors take their stroll at Woodward Parkway, where Principal Patrick Klocek and Assistant Principal Jennifer DeHayes presented him with Oh, the Places You’ll Go, by Dr. Seuss.
The sentimental promenade was arranged by Farmingdale High School’s Assistant Principal Arlene Martinez and the assistant principals of each elementary school. “Dr. De Hayes, Dr. Peterson, Ms. Santarpia, and Ms. Lo Russo worked with their faculty and students to create a meaningful experience for our seniors and our elementary school children. They deserve so much praise for organizing this event,” said Ms. Martinez. “The teachers and the graduating seniors are overcome with emotion as they consider where their academic journey began and how far they have come. It’s a wonderful event because it’s the culmination of a job well done by every member of our school district.”