Posted: Thursday, April 29th 2010 at 6:48pm
Chestatee seniors hold a Sardis reunion
By Marc Eggers Staff
GAINESVILLE – A group of Chestatee High School seniors were invited to a reunion even though they are still several weeks from their own graduation.
That’s because the reunion to which they were invited was hosted by their grade school alma mater: Sardis Elementary.
Sardis teacher Debbie Smith came up with the idea nine years ago.
“When my oldest child was a senior in 2001, we got the idea that she might want to have some of her classmates come back to the elementary school they attended and celebrate the fact that they were graduating,” Ms. Smith said fondly.
Chestatee seniors Christine Mitchell and Amy Werner met in kindergarten at Sardis and were laughing heartily as they paged through an old yearbook.
After thirteen years of going to school together and becoming close friends they are on the verge of going their separate ways. Ms. Werner felt a bit nostalgic and said, “It’s like looking back and smiling at the past.”
Ms. Mitchell reassured her friend, “We’ll stay in touch…we’ve been this far.”
Another Chestatee senior, who is on his way to Georgia Tech to study bio-medical engineering in the fall, is Jackson Chandler.
Chandler said he fondly remembers working with Jan Hughes in the gifted program. Ms. Hughes is the current principal at Sardis. He credits Ms. Hughes with fostering his interest in learning.
Amanda Cruce is now a teacher at Sardis, but she was part of the first group of Chestatee High School seniors to come back to Sardis for the first celebration nine years ago.
Admitting that she was a little teary-eyed today, Cruce added, “It was one last time to come together in the same building where we first met; one last hurrah before we left for college.”
Cruce gave credit to her teachers, who nine years ago thought about her. Tonight she gets the chance to return the favor.
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