Enjoy Pix of Former Classmates, Students
Success and Travel Mark Five-year Reunion
One of my favorite episodes of the NBC sitcom "30 Rock" involves Tina Fey's character going to her high school reunion convinced nobody will talk to her because she was "the lonely nerd."
To her shock, she learns all of her classmates saw her as a sarcastic bully and, in a scene pulled from Stephen King's "Carrie," Fey nearly ends up drenched in goat blood as part of an ill-fated revenge scheme.
When I went to Allentown's Legends Bar and Grill for my Emmaus High School reunion on Nov. 27, I shared many of the same apprehensions.
I wasn't too scared of being caught in a Stephen King reenactment, but that did not change the fact that I had not seen most of these people since graduating in 2005.
And while there were many faces I simply did not recognize – though that's not surprising in a graduating class of 600 students, 120 of whom were in attendance – I was relieved to find that many of my fellow alumni were genuinely interested in what their former classmates had been up to these past five years.
The most pleasant surprise for me was seeing how well-traveled my class has become. In the current economy, I did not expect most of my peers to have moved far from home, but many traveled back to the reunion from their current homes or colleges in Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Washington, D.C., Colorado, and other locations. One trio of EHS alums drove down from Boston, where they live, and another was hatching plans to move to Ecuador to start an import/export business.
I always felt our class was one of the "special" ones. We generally made up the bulk of whatever extracurricular group we were a part of and, if I may be so bold, we often succeeded where previous classes did not.
It was my 2005 senior class that led the football team to its first winning season in years, broke the high school marching band into the top ten bands of our division and our senior class play earned the school the most Freddy Award nominations it had ever had at that point.
I have returned to the school a few times since graduating and it always makes me proud to see the new awards subsequent classes have added to Emmaus' display cases.
While our successes were certainly shared by the quality faculty of Emmaus High School, it was still our drive and initiative that led us there. It was great to see those qualities still on display. Hopefully it will see us all well into our next reunions.