Alumni sought for combined Ramsay Bobcat Reunion
By Marilyn Forbes
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Reunions are a special time to see old friends and reminisce, but for a group of graduates from Ramsay High School, their upcoming event will also be an opportunity to meet new people. The reunion will cover a span of several graduation years.
The upcoming Ramsay Bobcat Reunion will be held June 21 at Roosevelt Hall in Norvelt. Anyone who “walked the halls” from the high school between 1936 and 1969 is invited to attend.
“We like to say ‘walked the halls' because then that includes everyone,” reunion committee chairwoman Nancy Solomon Sebek said.
Sebek talked to a few friends about having the combined reunion when she heard of others from neighboring high schools doing something similar.
“I have a friend from Hurst who did something like this, and I know that East Huntingdon and Scottdale high schools did, and I thought that it sounded so nice,” Sebek said of the reunion.
Sebek put out the word about the reunion last summer and soon recruited a small group who wanted to help plan the event. The group meets at the Mt. Pleasant Veterans of Foreign Wars on a monthly basis as they begin to set some of their plans in motion.
“We've been talking about it and getting some ideas,” committee member Barry Premoshis said. “One idea that we had was to have each class sit at its own table. That way you could be with your classmates for dinner but be able to get up and walk around and socialize with others later if you like.”
Sebek located old yearbooks, jotted down names of classmates and other graduates, then proceeded to contact as many as she could to inform them of the reunion.
“I called some people that I knew and asked them to spread the word,” Sebek said.
The group plans to send postcards in September, then reminder letters in January to gather as many old classmates and former Ramsay students and staff members as possible.
“We've had favorable responses to the idea,” Amy Kapr Frey said. “A lot of people said that they'd be there.”
While several of the classes have reunions on an annual basis or semi-annual basis, the group thought it would be fun to have a combined reunion, to visit with their own classmates and meet others from the classes before or after them.
“I know some people from the other classes, but I think it's going to be really fun to see who shows up,” Becky Craig Halfhill said. “This will be a fun and unique experience were we get to reminisce, plus meet new people.”
Using a span of 33 years, many in attendance will have the opportunity to attend the event with family members.
“It will be great seeing all my friends from the other years at Ramsay,” Sandy Coppula said. “We had an amazing time with many, many people. It will be fun to have my mom, aunt and uncle there.”
The group is hoping for a strong, positive response to the reunion, an event that could happen every five years or so. Also, the committee expressed gratitude for the help and input it already received.
“Many volunteers like Coke Yancosky and Jim Lozier have been very helpful, as well as Janet Pazer and Sandy Coppula,” Sebek said. “Many people have showed up for our meetings, and we have a good core group.”
For information, call Sebek at 724-547-0391.
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.
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