South Burlington High School alums celebrate at 40th reunion

Published: Jul. 31, 2022 at 8:21 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - It was a special weekend for some South Burlington High School alums who gathered for their 40th reunion.

”When I was in middle school I remember saying, ‘I can’t wait to go to a reunion.’ They’re like, ‘You’re not even in high school yet.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t care, I really want to go to a reunion.’ [Laughs] Now I’m here,” said Penny Ober Bourgeois, one of the lead organizers for the reunion.

The class of 1982 has been getting together over and over again for the last 40 years. They say growing older together has been fun.

“When we started this many of us did not have children yet. We were just starting out on our careers. It was very different, we were all a lot thinner too. [Laughs] Now, it’s interesting to look at people who have grandchildren, to think about those people when they were that young, the same age as their grandchildren is. Some of them may even have great-grandchildren,” said former classmate Kenric Kite, as he remembered all of the great programs South Burlington High School had back in his day.

They first started meeting at the 10-year reunion, where the celebration was similar with games, food and laughter, and lots of memories.

“It’s so much fun to get back and talk, remember things. Because I was talking to one friend, it was last night and I said, ‘Wait, I remember we were in science together and it was fun,’” Bourgeois said with enthusiasm.

The group made this year a weekend event, with a boat ride on Saturday and at Oakledge Park on Sunday.

“There were five of us there together doing this. I wanted to do a picnic and some of them wanted to do a picnic. Some wanted to do a sit-down dinner, and they started arguing. They really didn’t know what they wanted to do, and I’m like, ‘You know what, let’s just have fun,’” Bourgeois said as she talked about previous years.

Fun it has been. They even put together a poster of those who weren’t there to celebrate with them, like their dear friend Pam Preston.

“Pam was the one who did it last time and she passed away, January before the pandemic,” Bourgeois explained.

She remembered Preston as a firecracker who really cared for others.

The group says they hope to do another reunion in the next 10 years.

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