Combined class reunion ‘a blast so far’

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo Classmates of the Portales High School classes of 1980s talk and reminisce on Saturday at the main room of the Yam Theatre. The reunion had 80s music and a “sports bar.”

Lillian Bowe: Staff photo
Classmates of the Portales High School classes of 1980s talk and reminisce on Saturday at the main room of the Yam Theatre. The reunion had 80s music and a “sports bar.”

By Lillian Bowe
Staff writer
lbowe@pntonline.com

The Portales High School classes of the 1980’s were reunited on Saturday at the Yam Theater with some traveling from as far as Toronto, Canada.
The class not only had a party at night, but they also participated in the 30th annual Heritage Days. The classes entered a float in the parade and some members ran in the fun run.

Amie Franz, class of 1987 and the organizer of the reunion, said she scheduled the reunion purposely during Heritage Days.
“It gave classmates who don’t live in Portales a reason to come and have something to do when they are here,” said Shannon Gormley, class of 1987.
Gormley and her husband Mark both graduated from Portales and participated in the Heritage Days parade.
“I threw all my candy a little too early. Mark conserved his candy by throwing one piece at a time,” Gormley said.
The reunion was going to be mainly for the class of 1987, but during the planning the feedback was low, so the idea surfaced to just combine the classes of the 1980s.

“I know at other reunions, other classes come and crash. We thought it would be more fun to have more classes participating,” said Lisa Jaynes.
Jaynes said that other towns like Tucumcari have joint reunions and they are very well attended.
The classes that are participating in the reunion range from 1985 through 1989 and Gormley, who lives in Portales, said there are about 150 attending the reunion.

Stayce Smith, class of 1987, came from Los Angeles. Smith participated in the fun run with several other classmates.
“It has been a blast so far,” Smith said.
Smith was also teased by her classmates over her appearance in the HGTV’s home makeover show, “Brother vs. Brother.” Many watch the show just to see Smith and many tease her on the tasks she has had to do on the show.
“She is shown as the sweet and innocent person on the show,” Gormley said.

Jaynes said this reunion is a starting point for doing other joint reunions.
“We would like to do it again and try new things,” Jaynes said.