Former Elmhurst Students Pose For Graduation Photo

By John W. Davis

June 19, 2011 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --"People want this and it would be a great sort of closure for the people that didn't get to do their Senior year at Elmhurst," said North Side Graduate Sam Zook.

Zook, a former Elmhurst student, spent his senior year planning this event. Zook said he will attend IPFW in the fall.

That's what was going through Sam Zook's mind when he put this event together. Zook was a junior at Elmhurst last year - when Fort Wayne Community Schools closed the building because of budget cuts. Zook ending up graduating from North Side. But he took it upon himself to throw one last hurrah.

"It means a lot to me because I missed all my friends 'cause a lot of my friends I didn't see because of my situation where I was at Anthis (Career Center) But I try to connect with them as much as I can on facebook," said Wayne High School Graduate Justin Brant. Brant, a former Elmhurst student will attend the University of Northwestern Ohio in the fall.

"I don't know that I really can describe it. It's sort of an overwhelming feeling knowing that this is the culmination of a year's work," said Zook.

The Elmhurst Class of 2011 graduation picture was a pleasant change for some.

The photo was taken on the steps of the now closed high school.

"I would rather be at Elmhurst. It was more fun. It was much like a family than being at Wayne. It was just like everybody was so segregated it wasn't fun at all for me," said Wayne High School Graduate Zakiya Hinton. Hinton, a fomer Elmhurst student, will attend IPFW in the fall.

"It was hard adjusting but I sorta didn't have that much of a hard time because I do sports. So, I got to know people before the school year started," said South Side Graduate Jose Nino. Nino, a former Elmhurst student will attend Ivy Tech in the fall.

Students told Indiana's NewsCenter their former classmates are like brothers and sisters, and Sunday's class picture was a family reunion.

"Cause Elmhurst was originally a family and we're all still a family regardless of our school changes and what not," said North Side Graduate Alyssa Pfleider. Pfleider has already earned a few credits at IPFW. She plans to continue her education at that school.

"I hear other schools say they have a family but you don't feel that they way you do at Elmhurst," explained Nino.

"No I don't think it would have happened. I think I've worked with some very great people through out the year on it but there was no rolling stone behind. One push was all it needed to get it started," explained Zook.

"It feels really good, I could have walked as a Trojan but I got a tassle, so I guess that makes up for it," said Hinton.

Former Elmhurst Students also signed a marble slab that will eventually be put on display.




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