The class of 1996 held their reunion on April 30, 2005 at the Lawrence Elks Club. The reunion was a resounding success. The class of 96's untraditional 9th reunion was originally planned as a multi class gathering
and was later scaled down. Yet most of the alumni were glad to celebrate a year early as it had been years since some of us had seen each other. When the reunion wrapped up at 11 many people weren't ready to say
goodbye and there were two after parties at the Claddagh in Lawrence and The Press Box in Beverly. After last call some old friends moved the party to Bickford's in Salem, NH.
Four awards were presented at
the reunion. Brandi Thompson (bottom left photo) was given the most changed award. This was the most difficult category to decide as a few people were almost unrecognizable. Mark Villante was honored as the furthest
traveled classmate having flown in from Florida for the reunion. Guenaelle Rubin was given honorable mention as she had traveled from Washington D.C. Nicole (Warren) Leblanc was recognized as the most prolific as
the mother of 4. Tommie Anderson was given the award for the most jobs.
There was an abundance of catered food as most people were too busy catching up with old friends to eat. There was also a large
sheet cake with the class photo from the front of the yearbook.
The decoration theme was "I Love the 90s" with pictures of 90's pop culture icons adorning the tables and the DJ played 90s hits. Green and white
balloons and festive flower pot centerpieces also decorated the hall. A song was dedicated to the memory of our departed classmate and friend Jay Cox.
The reunion committee honored Michelle Mercier with a
floral bouquet for all her work organizing the evening. Amy (Fritchy) Christensen, a scrapbooking consultant, made our photo boards that were on display at the hall entrance. Jennifer (Larson) O'Neill, Fara Beeman,
and Virginia Perham also worked for over a year planning the reunion.
Even though we tried our best to find every classmate there were still some we were unable to locate and a few sent their regrets that
they couldn't attend but looked forward to the next reunion. We hope to see even more of you at the next reunion, hopefully in 6