The class of ’94, according to reunion organizer Zoya Saltonstall, was tight knit and close.
Saltonstall graduated that year and remembered that several members of the class had been touched by tragedy that year.
“Several of our parents passed away while we were in high school, my father was one of those people, and having the support of those classmates really helped,” Saltonstall said. “I think for myself, I felt united by that experience.”
She added that she remembered the class as having a lot of class spirit and a couple jokesters, although she didn’t remember what they’d done for a senior prank.
Saltonstall expects about 40 people to show up for the reunion, which is just under a third of the class, which was about 150. She said 25 have RSVPed on Facebook, and another 10-15 haven’t RSVPedd but are planning to come.
While some of the graduates, like Saltonstall, still live in Kodiak, a few are coming from elsewhere. Saltonstall said about 10 are flying in from as far away as Alabama, Idaho and the Northwest part of the United States.
Bobby Magnusen, who also helped plan the reunion, is coming from Seattle.
He remembered the class of ’94 as being friendly and one of the last small classes.
“We were all close,” Magnusen said. “We all knew each other, which you don’t really find nowadays.”
Magnusen had a few close friends, but said he considered everyone from the class his friend.
“There’s no one that I’m not looking forward to seeing at the reunion,” Magnusen said, “I genuinely care about these people, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Magnusen remembered senior picnics and campouts, and one memory of getting knocked out from a water balloon fired from a large slingshot that took three people to operate.
“That actually made it into the valedictorian speech,” Magnusen said.
Magnusen also remembered a few of his classmates who have passed away since they graduated: Travis Eoff, Michael Yakish, Tambi Fields, Mark Wallace and Shanti Rivinius Stafford.
The reunion will take place Friday and Saturday. The class will have dinner at the Powerhouse together, and on Saturday night, have a dance party and potluck-style meal at Saltonstall’s house.
Magnusen said there will be lots of ‘90s music and ‘90s-style dancing. “Running man-type things,” Magnusen said.
Saltonstall expects that the group also will get together for a hike or two during the weekend.
The class of ’94 has come together for a reunion before. There was a 10-year reunion in 2004, but Saltonstall expects this one to be better.
“Ten years almost feels like too soon,” Saltonstall said. “You’re still kind of who you were in high school, not quite who you are later on, but 20 years is nice. I think the enthusiasm has been so good because people are at new spots in their lives.”
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