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Class of ‘78 gets back together

  • Students from the class of 1978 held a small reunion at ConVal High School on Saturday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Students from the class of 1978 held a small reunion at ConVal High School on Saturday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Students from the class of 1978 held a small reunion at ConVal High School on Saturday. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • From left to right: Janet Ames, Caroline Levesque, Rhona Blanchard, Philip Abbott, Kris Hennesy, Laurel Roe, Lisa Joseph, and John Guidotti present a granite bench as a gift from their graduating class to ConVal Regional High School.  Those alumni from the class of 1978, who participated in the 40th reunion but are not in the dedication ceremony photograph include: Brenda Boutwell, Jordene Hale, Sara Bedell, Barbara Ham, Brenda Beauchamp, Ann Twitchell, Nancy Giacalone, Ellen Blanchard, Jean Salera, Dale Sanford, Barbara O'Neil, Mary Jane Nichols, Valerie Horn, Carol Cardone, David Barsanti, Janice Crooker, Steve Scott, Jarvis Adams, Katherine Paro, Paul Pelletier, Becky Warren, Debbie Davidson, Clifford Shaw, and Steph Marchuk. Staff photo by Ashley Saari



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 10:9AM

In 1978, ConVal Regional High School was only a few years old, “Jungle Love” and “Fly Like an Eagle” played on the lunchroom jukebox every day, and the premier hang-out spot was the smoking lounge.

“Just looking at the building from the parking lot, it’s so changed,” said Laurel Rose Morris, who traveled back to New Hampshire from North Carolina to attend the 40th reunion of her graduating class on Sunday. “But I’m so proud. They’re changing with the times, keeping education relevant. I’m proud this was my high school.”

The class, along with a few others from the early years of ConVal, met on Saturday to gift a granite bench to the school, take a tour of their old stomping grounds, and have a dance in the evening.

Carole Bryer Pugliese, of Lisbon, Connecticut, who graduated in the class of 1977, attended the reunion. Her sister was in the first graduating class of ConVal, she said, and hated having to leave what was then Antrim High School to finish in Peterborough. But by the time her class has entered high school, it was just exciting for her, she said – bigger classes allowed for more activities. A music lover, Pugliese played tenor saxophone in the jazz band and had parts in school performances of “Guys and Dolls” and the “Sound of Music.” She joined French club – despite never taking a French class, and traveled to Quebec to try escargot.

“It was a good change,” Pugliese said, of the formation of the cooperative district. “It was good for kids from small towns to be able to get together.”

ConVal didn’t have a football team in those days, so basketball and soccer were the sports du jour. Morris recalled the basketball team carried to the championships while their theme, “Magic” was played constantly in school. Their cheerleaders, without a football team, cheered on soccer instead.

Phillip Abbott, who was the first basketball player in ConVal history to score 1,000 points, said he’d put all his high school energy into sports – and that was OK. He recalled his homeroom teacher, who’d recognized his devotion to sports, and told him that effort would pay off, if he kept at it.

“He didn’t say much, but what he did say was powerful,” Abbott said. “It impacted me.”