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Class reunions

July 1, 2013
By Ellayne Conyers , Marshall Independent

Summertime is the time when most high school class reunions take place. People enjoy getting together to compare notes as to jobs, families and of course, memories of the pretty much carefree days of yore. This is especially true of classes that attended the somewhat smaller schools. It seems that large urban class reunions tend to be less attended, since members really did not get to know all of their classmates there was just too many and they tended to form cliques. Now if they would have clique reunions I bet they would be much more successful.

Well, I graduated from a smaller school and most of the classmates have faithfully attended the reunions held every 10 years and now every five years. These people come from all over the United States, but interestingly enough, those who have always lived near the hometown school do not always attend or if they do they don't stay for the entire evening.

This year we will gather together again in August probably to relate our retirement activities. It would probably be a good idea to have pins with our graduation picture on them so that we can recognize each of the attendees. I remember one year that I accused an attendee of being at the wrong reunion (a Granite Falls reunion was being held next door) since this was the first time he had attended and did not look anything like what I remembered.

I have always been so proud to have graduated in the top 10 of my class (there were nine of us) from the former Hanley Falls School. We have always invited the class below us and the class ahead of us since we were all close and very good friends. Our families were close also, having lived in the community for two or three generations. This year we are including five classes the more the merrier.

I received the following email some time ago don't know where it originally came from, but I think it is definitely worth sharing regarding how things have changed over the last 50 years.

HIGH SCHOOL 1957 VS. 2013


Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack

1957 Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2013 School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack is hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called for traumatized students and teachers.


Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2013 Police called and SWAT team arrives. They arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.


Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.

1957 Jeffrey sent to Principal's office and given a good paddling by Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2013 Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.


Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957 Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman..

2013 Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse; Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.


Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock

2013 The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.


Pedro fails high school English.

1957 Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2013 Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.


Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.

1957 Ants die.

2013 ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.


Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1957 In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2013 Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.




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