The class of 1971 met at Jeff Millman's house on South Military Road for a potluck meal on August 7 for the 50th class reunion of Mt. St. Helens High School. Social media helped them find most of their classmates, but they came up short and couldn't find a few. They discovered they had lost 19 classmates and Maeve Mitchell prepared a memory book with obituaries and photos of their lost friends. Each classmate was asked to submit a one page bio of what they had done since graduation. Classmates who were unable to attend were encouraged to email their information to Debby Booth Travis. She offered to put all these bios into a binder and mail to each classmate which will help them catch up with their friends.
Since some of them hadn't seen each other since graduation, they had the class vote on "who changed the most" and "who changed the least." It was decided that Maeve Mitchell changed the most and Tanya Sorensen Prigmore changed the least. Donna Ingles Buschman travelled from Wisconsin followed by a close second from Wyoming for Carl Cottonware.
The biggest lifesaver of the entire reunion were the name tags that Maeve Mitchell did with their names and senior photos on them. Everyone was able to remember each other with the senior pictures, what a great idea. They reminisced about their high school days, looked over annuals, shared a cap and gown on display, and looked at photos from previous reunions. A good time was had by all.
PHOTO: Class of 1971 - back row left to right: Jim Steveson, Ted Wachter, Monte Asken, Tom Prigmore, Jeff Millman, Pierry Johnson, Lee Boreen, Wayne Mummert, Carl Cottonware, Donna Brown Woodring, Wilma Peckham Combs, Kerry Stiltner, and Dean Wilson. 2nd row left to right: Willie Dailey, Cindy Shannon, Donna Ingles Buschman, Tanya Sorensen Prigmore, Debbie Johnson Hoy, Sherry Foster Kretz, Debby Booth Travis, Patty Sue Hauschild Amos, Kathy Fine, Gracie Bolden Barnes, Grace Vian White, Dawn Pakkala, Sandy Doolin Zion, and Ann Lewis Butkas. 1st row left to right: Randy Warnock, Marsha Wheeler Johnson, Debbie Cook Aust, Jan Wickert Ambiel, Maeve Mitchell, and Molly Moncrief.