Kingman Middle School students glimpse into high school life

A Kingman Middle School student’s-eye view of the Kingman High School senior gauntlet.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Jackson

A Kingman Middle School student’s-eye view of the Kingman High School senior gauntlet.

KINGMAN – Kingman Middle School students got a dose of blue and gold May 2.

With graduation right around the corner, Kingman High School English teacher and student council advisor Jennifer Jackson and guidance counselors Connie Fitzsimmons and Kim Richart worked with KMS counselor Judy Venenga to march a bus load of KHS seniors in caps, gowns, cords, stoles, and graduation regalia through the KMS hallways and classrooms to show the younger students life as a Bulldog.

“We wanted them to know that graduation is attainable,” Jackson said. “This is what you could look like.”

Seniors visited classrooms to introduce themselves, reminisce of their KMS days (if they attended KMS), share the most rewarding part of high school, requirements for cords and awards, participation in clubs and sports, high school memories, their post-high school plans and words of advice for the 7th and 8th graders.

This is KHS’s first inspirational visit to the middle school as an effort to encourage the kids to stay in school. Everything from the Q-and-A session to the seniors showing off their tastefully personalized graduation caps left the younger students starry eyed.

“The eighth graders weren’t messing around,” Jackson said. “They immediately started asking questions about everything from bullying to how many clubs they should join. The seniors walked out taller that day.”

Senior Shiloh Carter offered her advice.

“Be involved from the second you get there because that will make your high school experience great,” she said. “You’re not to cool to be in school. When people tell you things, listen to them.”

The seniors then walked out of the school to “Pomp and Circumstance,” forming a gauntlet for the middle schoolers to walk through on their way to lunch.

Jackson said high school students do a similar gauntlet during freshmen orientation to welcome the new pupils to the high school world.

Later that night, KHS held the Bobcat to Bulldog Transition Fair, where future Bulldogs and their parents met coaches, club sponsors, counselors and got a glimpse into high school programs available to incoming freshmen.

The interest and inspiration has generated plans for similar future events.

“We’re actually in the process of working that into next year’s calendar right now,” Jackson said.