Cel­e­brat­ing their mark

First Va­len­cia High school grad­u­ates to cel­e­brate 20-year re­union

The Signal - - NEWS - By Christina Cox Sig­nal Staff Writer

Two decades af­ter Va­len­cia High School opened its doors, alumni are hold­ing their 20-year re­union.

In 1994, Va­len­cia High School opened its doors to its first group of fresh­man and sopho­more stu­dents.

The stu­dents, who trans­ferred from Sau­gus, Canyon and Hart high schools, ex­pe­ri­enced the grow­ing pains of a new school as they worked with new teach­ers, fundraised for their own mar­quee and shade struc­tures and es­tab­lished tra­di­tions for fu­ture classes.

In 1997, the new high school cel­e­brated the grad­u­a­tion of its first grad­u­at­ing class. One year later, in 1998, Va­len­cia High School cel­e­brated the grad­u­a­tion of its first class to com­plete all four years as Va­len­cia Vik­ings.

Now, af­ter two decades, the classes of 1997 and 1998 are pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate the school’s first 20-year re­union to­gether Sept. 23 at Wolf Creek Brewery.

Be­cause classes were small dur­ing the early years of the school, alumni from the two grad­u­at­ing classes are cel­e­brat­ing their re­union to­gether.

They are also invit­ing teach­ers and fac­ulty from 1994 and 1998 to at­tend and re­con­nect with for­mer stu­dents.

The 13-mem­ber alumni re­union plan­ning com­mit­tee spent hundreds of hours pre­par­ing for the event and ex­pects hundreds to at­tend.

They are also af­fil­i­ated with the Va­len­cia Vik­ing Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion who is invit­ing alumni from all classes to the homecoming game the night be­fore on Sept. 22. It will be the first time that alumni will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the school’s homecoming floats.

Alumni from the class of 1997 and class of 1998, and teach­ers from 1994 to 1998 can pur­chase in­di­vid­ual and cou­ple tick­ets for the event on­line at www.vhs20.com.

The ticket prices in­clude: en­try into the event, mu­sic and danc­ing, catered food, a dessert bar, two drink tick­ets, a com­mem­o­ra­tive gift, a photo and video slideshow, a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher, games and ac­tiv­i­ties, a shut­tle to venue from VHS and a do­na­tion gift to school.

De­pend­ing on the amount of tick­ets sold, the do­na­tion to Va­len­cia High School could be any­thing from a bench with a plac­ard to new tro­phy cases.

The 20-year re­union will be held Sept. 23 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Wolf Creek Brewery in the Va­len­cia In­dus­trial Park.

Sig­nal file photo

Va­len­cia High School’s first grad­u­a­tion was June 17, 1997, as noted in The Sig­nal the next day.

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