September 19, 2014

First senior class at SSC celebrates 50-year reunion with school tour, dinner

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STANDISH — Even though the Standish-Sterling Central High School class of 1960 was only in their then-new high school building for about four or five months, that class was still the first one to graduate from that high school.

More than 50 years later, members of that graduating class reunited to take a look at the new SSC High School building and then gather for dinner. According to SSC alumnus George Babcock, who organized the reunion, about 62 people, including spouses, attended the reunion on Saturday, Sept. 18. He added that there were 89 students in the SSC Class of 1960.

Another Class of 1960 alumnae, Janice K. Finn, who currently splits her time between Sterling and Charlotte, said it was the best class reunion she has ever attended, adding that she has been to each of her class reunions.

“I talked to a friend about this,” she said. “I think it’s because we’re more relaxed and not out to prove anything. We did invite a couple of people that did not graduate with us. They attended Sterling High School before the consolidation.”

SSC Class of 1960 member Jeff Reed said this year’s reunion stood out to him because “it was just having people talk about what they are doing now instead of what they were doing then.”

Babcock said that the weekend’s festivities actually started the previous day, as Standish-Sterling took on Pinconning in varsity football action. Babcock said he did not attend that game, but he knew of classmates that were in the stands that evening.

“They remained sports fans through time and were looking forward to that opportunity,” he said. “Pinconning has always been one of our biggest rivals.”

Babcock said the following day’s activities began when about 30 people attended a tour of the current SSC High School building, courtesy of SSC Athletic Director Ben Welmers.

“He took us through the new high school, the field house, and the swimming pool, then across the road to what is now the middle school,” Babcock said.

According to Babcock, once the alumni reached the middle school building, they had a chance to tour it and compare the building as it is now to when they were high school students. He said the amount of computers at the present-day building was the big difference between now and then, as back when the Class of 1960 was in school, computers were nonexistent.

Babcock said despite the changes, the school remains in quality condition.

“The building has withstood the test of time,” he said.

After the tour, the reunion guests gathered for dinner at Forward Conference Center in West Branch. Finn said the center was a great place to host the reunion dinner.

“The facility was perfect,” she said.

Fellow SSC Class of 1960 graduate Jeff Reed agreed that the center was a first-rate host.

“The people at the Quality Inn treated us very well,” he said. “It was a nice atmosphere.”

Babcock said the best thing about the reunion was “the opportunity to get to see some of the guys and gals.”

“There were a few that have never made a reunion before,” he said. “Seeing the difference in the schools was also a big thing, and obviously, the extended benefits of the new school.”

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