For the first time a combined class reunion for everyone who graduated from Kenai Central High School (KCHS) from 1970 -1979 was held last week at the Soldotna Sports Center. "It was a great success! We had 300 pre-registered and we stopped counting at 320 at the door just in case the Fire Marshall showed up," confessed Sherrie Stiers-Dahlen of the Class of '76, who did the yeoman's portion of organizing the event according to Kathy Kenner of the Class of '77. "There were a lot of classmates that came from the lower 48 and even some who I think are now living abroad. You know that age difference disappears rapidly after high school and it was so much fun to include the classes of the entire decade who we now work with or know of, there was so much to relate too for us and by all accounts it was highly successful and everyone I talked with hopes to do it again, if Sherrie is up to it, she really did a lot of work pulling this together," said Kenner.
"I had help from so many and I want to thank them all, it really was a Kardinal team effort, and the Peninsula Clarion deserves a special thank you for all the publicity they were the engine behind getting the word out," said Sherrie.
According to Dahlen over 1,800 senior photos were gathered into a slide show that was a highlight of the reunion. Most of the name tags included a year book photo of the classmate just in case you didn't recognize them said Kenner, "And we had a memory board with photos of all those classmates who had passed away. We wanted to recognize those who weren't with us any longer but had touched our lives when they were," she added. "The seventies was full of life changing and nation changing events from civil rights to Roe v. Wade, to Vietnam to making out in the parking lot, it was very different at KCHS back then," said Kenner. "In the seventies we all hung out as a group and we wanted to pull the group together again. The one thing we all recalled were the 'streakers' I'd say from '74-'77 there was a streaker at every KCHS sporting event. That was the only thing we asked our classmates not to do at the '70's reunion which was casual attire with attire being required," said Stiers-Dahlen. The event began with a book signing with two classmates from '76 Alan Barr and Ann Curet who have become published authors and returned for the reunion as well as a personal book signing.
Every one who was able gathered outside in the parking lot of the Sports Center for a class reunion photo and one classmate commented, "Some things don't change, the kids who use to smoke out in the parking lot are still smoking out in the parking lot."