By Sarah Shafaeen
The PHHS Class of 1988 are having their 30-ish year reunion this Saturday at the Casino M8trix at 6 p.m.
The three co-organizers worked tirelessly to bring the reunion together and make sure that as many people as possible will attend and have a good time.
“There is a group of three of us who organized the reunion: myself, Dayna (Stein) Pawlowski and Diane (Bettencourt) Smith. We knew each other in H.S., but didn’t hang out. Diane was on the organizing committee for our ten-year reunion and Dayna, the 20th, so I thought they would be game for helping with another one,” says head organizer Anna Heckman.
The 30-ish year reunion is actually the 31st year reunion because the organizers were unable to properly organize the 30th year reunion in time.
“We tried (late) last year to get it off the ground, but it didn’t pan out, so this is our 30-ish year reunion. I was on the committee for the 30th year as well,” says co-organizer Dayna Stein Pawlowski.
The Class of ‘88 hoped to meet up with old classmates and reminisce about their time together at PHHS.
“I’m looking forward to looking back, seeing everyone, dancing to ‘80’s music and having fun catching up!” exclaims Anna.
When reflecting back on the environment at PHHS, Class of ‘88 recalled a very positive experience.
“PHHS was a great time for me. I loved high school! Hung out in the auto shop for a time, was tight with the drama crew. Really, I tried to get to know people in all the little groups,” mentions Dayna.
Many remember the overall inclusiveness of the student body at the time along with the general kindness everyone treated each other with.
“I loved Piedmont and had a great experience. Everyone was very friendly and respectful. I suppose there were cliques, but it didn’t really feel like it because everyone seemed to be friendly with one another, regardless of what particular group you might identify with. I thought it was just a really special place. I was pretty shy when I started there and really came to be much more social through the years. I really felt accepted there,” states Anna.
The class remembered their favorite memories from high school.
“FANTASTICS and Spirit week are really good memories. And Drama Class was pretty special to me,” concludes Anna.