Walk Day Information

2021 GRADSA Buddy Walk® 

October 23, 2021

McConnell Plaza on the Riverfront

9am - noon


Event Agenda


Opening Ceremony

  • Color Guard
  • National Anthem by Susanne Story
  • Invocation by Ben Cecil
  • Presentation to the Mahoney and Leonard families, in honor of Shannon and David
  • WWA wrestlers will introduce 2021 BW Ambassadors, Merek Justice and Mackenzie White
  • Ambassadors will ask Don Moore vehicle to enter
  • GRADSA classes will join the stage and welcome everyone to the event
  • Independence Bank will ask top 3 BW teams to go to the starting line, following the ambassadors and Don Moore vehicle
  • Countdown by entire crowd will begin, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and walk will begin


  • Guests can enjoy event activities while DJ plays music from stage
  • Any GRADSA individual can sing karaoke during this time, from the stage


  • The crowd will be asked to return to the stage area
  • All GRADSA individuals will be asked to stand in front of the stage and free-style dance during song played by DJ
  • GRADSA’s Got Talent will begin! Title Sponsor, Independence Bank, will announce performers
    • Leland Isbil will kick off the talent show on harmonica
    • GRADSA’s dance teams
    • Landon Ashby on the harmonica
    • Colin Powers will dance
    • Matthew Huston and Matthew Cook will dance
    • Merek Justice will dance


Award Ceremony

  • GRADSA gifts will be presented to all GRADSA individuals (medals and trick-or-treat bags)
  • Awards will be presented
    • Teacher Advocate
    • Buddy Award
    • Top 3 BW teams presented trophies