Friday, July 6, 2012

The alumni are coming!

Hundreds of new and old alumni will descend upon Heavener this hot weekend to catch up with old friends at the Heavener Alumni Reunion.

Every other summer the alumni get together for a street dance, parade, class parties and a banquet, thanks to a lot of hard work by a lot of people.

Our class held its 30th reunion this past fall so I doubt there will be a lot of activity for the all-time greatest class at Heavener, the Class of 1981.

But it always amazes me what a big deal this is for a lot of people. Alumni travel from near and far, as in very far, to prove you can return home, at least for a short time.

Yeah, home has changed a lot over the years. But the memories are still there of snake dances, Liberty Theater, cruising from one end of downtown and back, football games, teachers, events and so much more.

Once again, grads will return to a place that helped make them what they are. They will see all the changes at the school, cruise through town and remember when this was here and that was there, and think back to spending some of the best years of their lives in this little town at the base of Poteau Mountain.

I have been fortunate to meet a lot of people over the years, and some of them I consider friends. But my closest friends have always been, and will be, those who once wore the purple and gold and knew the words to Allegiance to old Heavener High and wondered what exactly
High-rickety-whoop-dee-do actually meant.

So welcome back all you other ex-Wolves and I hope you enjoy your return home.

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