Reunion gathers grads to remember school years

Hundreds of Berkeley Springs High School graduates gathered at Cacapon State Park on Saturday, September 22 for the 41st annual School Homecoming Event. The Class of 1968 were the honored guests, marking 50 years since graduating from the halls of the school. Representatives from the classes of 1968, 1958, 1948, 1946, 1945, 1943, 1942 and 1939 recognized fellow classmates in attendance.

Three of the four remaining members of the Berkeley Springs High School class of 1943 gathered on September 22 for a school homecoming celebration. Pictured, from left, are Geraldine (Weber) Willard, Robert Rowland and Mary Virginia (Banks) Nichols. The trio marked their 75th reunion along with members of high school classes from 1968 to 1939.

Morgan County Teacher of the Year Summer McClintock was the guest speaker, and talked about the importance of seizing opportunities that have the power to change the direction of a person’s life.

Rick McLaughlin, class representative for 1968, talked about the importance of the high school and community for the people gathered. Of his class of 98 graduates, 32 attended the event.

“I like to think a lot of what we accomplish is due to growing up here,” he said.

Robert Rowland, Class of 1943, read a short poem about his fellow graduates, whose futures were shifted by the events of World War II.

“We’ll always be loyal and remember gold and blue,” his poem ended.

Nancy Largent, Class of 1939, was recognized as the graduate of the earliest class in attendance.