LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Some graduates in Lufkin got an early congratulations by some of the smallest East Texans on Tuesday. The college-bound students visited Lufkin ISD campuses to inspire the next generation, which gave them an incomparable feeling.
"It was pretty thrilling seeing all of their smiles and how happy they were," Demonta Coleman, a LISD Graduate attending Texas A&M in the fall said.
"I don't think it hit me yet that we're actually graduating and going out into the world," Emily Montes, a LISD Graduate attending SFA in the fall said. "Seeing how those kids look up to me, it's just exciting knowing that I can make them proud."
"You could see the joy that the teachers and the kids have for our graduating seniors, and you can tell how proud they are of us," Allie East, a LISD Graduate attending Texas A&M in the fall said.
Their expressions said it all as LISD seniors paraded through Kurth Primary in their cap and gowns. It gave the next generation another better since of accomplishment.
"It made me happy," Makayla Credit, a Kurth primary second grader said. "They made me feel excited."
"They were so excited," Karen Vinson, principal at Kurth Primary school said. "I know they don't know everything that it means, but they're getting to understand what it means to graduate and how important that is."
"The little kids will be seeing me all almost grown up and I'll feel really excited," Aiden Barret, a Kurth primary 2nd grader said.
In return, the college bound grads gave this advice.
"Preserver and push through," East said. "Even when you want to give up, just keep going."
"Whenever you're little it kind of seems like it's far off and like it's not going to happen anytime soon," Montes said. "But sooner than they think, they'll be the ones walking down the hallways through the elementary and primary schools."
"Never give up and keep pushing," Coleman said. "I kept pushing through it and now I'm at the top ten percent of my class, and I get to go to my dream university."
With graduation just days away, it's time to look towards the future.
"I'm really excited to be on my own and see where life takes me," East said.
This is the first year Lufkin I-S-D has done the senior parade.