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A Throwback to the Past: Seniors Welcome Their Last First Day of High School with Little Kids’ Backpacks

Jennifer Uccelli
As seniors enter school for their last first day, they carry the one thing that allows them to reminisce about their first days of school: character backpacks. Luciana Hornstein, Ana Catherine Guimaraes, and Sofia Gershanik showed off their backpacks in front of the senior backdrop. Seniors were excited to rock backpacks with a variety of childish prints.

Superheroes, princesses, and magical creatures are standard on children’s backpacks, but this year the Class of ‘24 decided they would rock these prints too. As seniors entered school last Thursday for their “last first day,” they carried the one thing that allowed them to reminisce about their first days of school: character backpacks.

“Picking out my senior backpack was so much fun! I ended up choosing a princess backpack which was honestly a throwback since my first school backpack was princess themed too,” senior EllaRose Delgado said. “It was truly a full circle moment.”

Target shelves offered a variety of character backpacks for seniors to choose from to welcome their last first day of high school. Seniors chose from an array of prints including superheroes, princesses, and magical creatures. This simple idea proved to be a success among all members of the senior class. (Anya Gruener)

Senior Student-Government officers proposed the idea on the senior class group chat, as a way to unify the senior class on the first day of school.

“Spotting these backpacks around the school is a constant reminder that we are all in this together,” Student Body Liaison Victoria Figueroa said.

Other members of the Student Government, including the Senior Social Media Director Ella Barras, also recognized the positive results of the trend.

“It is such a creative way to show off our seniority to the student body! It is also a fun way to welcome the new school year and set a precedent for an exciting year,” Barras said.

Gulliver students are not the only ones participating in this trend. Nationwide, seniors have decided that they too would like to welcome the year with a throwback to the past, as reported recently in an article on USA Today. This was the case for Vanessa Aguay, a senior at Wyomissing Area Junior-Senior High School in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Aguay felt that the display of fun prints and designs added some lighthearted fun to the start of the school year, which could be tough for some.

“Although some people dread the first day of school, others are really excited to see what kind of backpacks the seniors will bring,” Auguay said. “It always makes walking in the halls interesting, we’ll have everything from groups with Power Ranger backpacks to taco-shaped lunch boxes.”

Back on campus, not only did seniors enjoy the thought of colorful backpacks lining the halls, but so did younger students who looked forward to carrying the tradition during their senior year.

“Seeing all the little kid backpacks is making me excited for my senior year;  I can’t wait to pick out my own next year,” junior Isabella Antorcha said.

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Anya Gruener, Managing Editor
Anya Gruener is currently the managing editor of “The Raider Voice” and the editor in chief of the Print Magazine. Gruener has been in the staff since freshman year, having held the position of multimedia editor in the past. She greatly enjoys creating both video packages and articles. Within the school community, Gruener is also the Student Body President, the Health Information Project President, the Don’t Close Your Eyes Club President, and the Jewish Student Union Vice-President.

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