From Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21, the Washington and Lee High School (W&L) Class of 1973 celebrated in grand fashion its 40th Class Reunion. The weekend of events commenced on Friday evening with a Class Social hosted by Avery Baylor at his home.
On July 20, over 100 Class members and guests greatly enjoyed a wonderful Reunion celebration, which included delicious appetizers and dinner catered by First Class Caterers, and 1970s’ themed music provided by DJ Rude (Randolph Veney). Individual 1973 Senior Year Pictures were provided to each class member in attendance and were displayed on the tables where each class member was seated.
After dinner, Yolanda Fortune Giles served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the formal Reunion Program. Ray Hamlet began the program by presiding over a Class Member Update period where each class member stood and told everyone about their families, careers, and personal stories. Following this, Revella Richards McWilliams presided over a Memorial for the 1973 Class’s Deceased Classmates, whose class pictures were displayed on a candle-lit table.
Next, Mr. James Cook, Assistant-Superintendent of Schools for Westmoreland County, briefly addressed the Class of 1973, and then delivered congratulatory wishes from Rebecca Lowry, Superintendent of Westmoreland County Public Schools, and from Ms. Andrea Roane, Principle of Washington and Lee High School, who were unable to attend the evening’s events.
Kenneth Johnson then provided the History of the W&L Class of 1973. The history included an acknowledgement of some of the people who were important enough to the class to be recorded, a recall of some of the recorded events and activities of the Class of 1973, a reading of a letter of congratulations from Ms. Iris A. Lane, Chairperson of the Westmoreland County School Board, and Congratulatory Wishes from Darryl Fisher, Chairman of the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors, both of whom were also unable to attend, and, an account of a most meaningful event which happened in the life of the W & L Class of 1973.
Throughout this program, 16 gifts were awarded to 1973 class members, with two of those provided to co-chairpersons of the 40th Reunion Committee, Yolanda Fortune Giles and Connie Wise, a few to those holding unique class distinctions, and the rest to those class members whose names were drawn randomly.
The W&L Class of 1973 is truly grateful to the over 20 community businesses who were so gracious in supporting of, its 40th Class Reunion, by acting as sponsors of its celebration. From Kinsale, Hague, Montross and Colonial Beach, and some in between, the Class of 1973 truly appreciates the Advertising, the Gifts, the Gift Certificates, the Monetary Donations, and the Flower Arrangements, which all made the 40th Reunion so very memorable and wonderful.
Mrs. Fortune-Giles closed the formal program with an invitation to the class members to attend a Worship Service at Little Zion Baptist Church on the following Sunday morning, as well as with a reminder to everyone about their class picnic, which was held the following Sunday afternoon at Westmoreland State Park.
Following the program, a class picture was taken, which some who had to leave early are not shown. Then, the Class of 1973’s Best Dancers, Lucy Wilson and Mark Garner, pleasured everyone with the first dance, after which, for the rest of the evening, many of the classmates and guests danced the evening away.