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Mt. Lebanon district event meant to bridge gap between generations

| Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, 8:59 p.m.

Mt. Lebanon High School Class of 1962 alumni hope they can relate to the Class of 2013 through their common backgrounds as Mt. Lebanon residents and students — despite cultural shifts, technological changes and the passage of time.

On Friday, the district's first “Lebo 50/50” — named to represent a shared experience between the generations —- will be held.

Members of the Class of ‘62 will share life and career experiences in a series of round-table discussions with seniors at the high school, said alumna and organizer Maria Humphrey, 68, who splits her time between Ft. Myers Beach, Fla. and Haverhill, Mass.

“Some of these insights we're exchanging — this is our gift, our 50th-reunion gift to these young counterparts of ours, to our school and to our community that's given us so much,” Humphrey said.

Student representatives and district personnel helped arrange the agenda for the day, she said.

Nine round-tables will be held, with each discussion led by two or three alumni who have been successful in their fields. Students will choose two round-tables and will talk to alumni not just about career decisions but also about making good life decisions in general, Humphrey said. More than 100 students are expected to participate.

Before the discussions, alumni will talk about surveys that tallied similarities and differences in attitudes and priorities between the classes.

Alumnus and George Washington University economics Professor Donald Parsons analyzed the results.

District spokeswoman Cissy Bowman said she is impressed by both groups' optimism about their futures following graduation — despite the specter of the Cold War and the looming conflict in Vietnam for the class of '62; and the murky job market and threat of terrorism facing the class of '13.

“We hope to demonstrate to students — regardless of the span of years that have passed — that there's something special here in Mt. Lebanon — educationally, culturally— that helps give them opportunities to succeed,” said high school Principal Brian McFeeley.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or