Skyline’s class of 2001 plans school’s first 10-year reunion

September 13, 2011

By Tom Corrigan

In any number of ways, the class of 2001 was a special one for Skyline High School.

In terms of sports accomplishments, Spartans of that vintage helped win the girls state softball championship in 1999. The football team took the state title in 2000 and just missed doing it again the following year.

Still, probably most importantly, the graduates represented the first class to attend Skyline for all four of their years in high school.

“I think it’s worth remembering, worth commemorating,” said Kim Best, a member of the class of ’01 and one of the principal organizers of the school’s first 10-year reunion.

The event is at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way.

Best has been joined in the reunion planning by Catie Beck, who handles advertising sales for KISW 99.9-FM. They said it’s odd they have taken the lead in organizing the reunion as neither were all that involved in high school activities.

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Learn more at www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=261743517169737. Make reservations at www.reunionswithclass.com. Click “find a reunion” and then click on the link for Skyline.

Still, Best, now the recreation supervisor for the city of Cheney, said the idea of a 10-year reunion intrigues her.

“I always wanted to go to a 10-year reunion even though I wasn’t a big fan of high school,” Best said. “I just thought it would be cool to see what people’s lives are like, how they’ve changed.”

“I just think it’s going to be fun,” Beck said, adding that there are members of the class of ’01 who started in school together at Challenger Elementary School and stayed together all the way through high school.

Beck said she got involved because a roommate was helping plan her own class reunion and she contacted Best with a few ideas and tips. Her involvement just grew from there.

To help get things rolling, the pair and one other planner, Robbie Sawyers, brought in a professional reunion planning company. The company located 336 of the class of ‘01’s 367 members. In terms of actually making contact with former classmates, Beck said Facebook has proven an extremely effective tool.

Planners put together a Facebook page for the reunion and with a few weeks left before the event, about 50 people have confirmed attendance.

“They’re sort of trickling in,” Beck said of reunion reservations. Both she and Best said the goal always has been to attract about 100 attendees.

While Beck said Facebook has been a big help in contacting alumni, she also thinks the social Internet site actually may have cut down on the interest in the reunion. Classmates have stayed in contact through Facebook and other online methods. As a result, the class of ’01 isn’t as curious about their classmates.

“They already know what they’ve been doing, where they are living,” Beck said.

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