They hope it's a go!!!!! Jennifer Fowler (Boscarino), Tonya
Savino (Dyckman) and Liz Moore are trying to get the show on
the road for November 28, 2003. Please pass the information on to
all '93 grads or family members you are in contact with. E-mail:
Joe Mammina, Tina Hron Schettler, Maureen Hill, and most recently,
Debbie White (Troy) are trying to rally support for a class of 1983
reunion. See message board.
High School 30th Anniversary Reunion
Celebration a Huge Success!!
Pictures of the school tour
to Teacher Recognition Test
reunion that took place the following day. See the new group shots!
September 02, 2003 by Mike Morey
Former students and Panas faculty
of past and present came together Saturday to celebrate Walter Panas
High School's 30th birthday.
The Walter Panas 30th Anniversary Reunion Celebration
began with guided tours of the high school offered by English teacher
Fran Sullivan Shulz, Principal Susan Strauss, and English teacher
Sue Erickson. Many alumni came, along with spouses and children
to see the dramatic changes that have taken place at the high school
over the years. Some of the highlights of the tour included seeing
the new science laboratories, the completely renovated cafeteria
(now the Panther Café) and years worth of senior collages
that reminded alumni of the great times they had at the high school.
The festivities culminated with an evening reception
held at Colonial Terrace on Oregon Road, where alumni were greeted
with a bag full of goodies that consisted of a reunion key chain,
alumni directory handbook, and a celebration journal which detailed
the history of Walter Panas High School over the years. At each
table a "Teacher Identification Test" could be found.
Each test had pictures of teachers over the years and alumni worked
to see who they could remember among the faculty.
Alumni were especially pleased to see that in
attendance were their favorites among the faculty. Alumni were joined
by Fran Sullivan Schulz, Walter Greenstein, Ken and Diane Borsari,
Paul Trongone, Jim Filippelli, Sue Erickson, Mike Mahoney, and Susan
Strauss. There were also two Panas alumni in attendance that now
find themselves as faculty members, Candi Lorenz ('95) and Mariellen
Rome Hagens ('73). Jim Filippelli, who turned 50 on Saturday, was
surprised by Fran Sullivan Schulz with a surprise 50th birthday
Alumni enjoyed cocktails in the lounge before
the festivities were opened with a greeting by Tom Glenn ('74),
Janet Godridge ('74) and Mike Morey ('95). Westchester County Legislator
George Oros dropped off a proclamation that recognized Saturday,
August 30th, 2003 as Walter Panas High School Alumni Day in Westchester
County. After a few words from Principal Susan Strauss dinner was
Several alumni were provided with awards that
evening. Attendees from the class of 1973 were each awarded a "First
Class Award" and the president of the class of 1973, Barry
Booker, gave some brief remarks. The most recent alumni in attendance
award went to Jennifer Colon ('99), and two "Furthest Traveled
Awards" were given to Craig Racicot ('74), who flew in from
San Diego, California and Michael Zeller ('73), who flew in all
the way from San Paulo, Brazil to attend. Alan Calabrese ('97) was
awarded the School Spirit Award and Fran Sullivan Schulz received
the "Favorite Teacher Award" along with an engraved clock
thanking her for her commitment to the high school and all of its
students over the years. Wanda Glenn received the coveted Paul Scordato
Award for "Most Preserved", as did Larry Michel for "Always
Being There for Us." Audrey Hertzel ('77) conducted several
raffles with cash prizes as well as a giant Panas Panther.
Once the awards ceremony was completed, the
dance floor opened and boy did people get down. From there on out
alumni let their hair down, got busy on the dance floor, and had
an all around great time. The evening didn't end there though. An
after hours party took place at Crystal Bay and was still going
strong by 3:00am Sunday morning. It was a Labor Day weekend no one
All in all it was a nostalgic evening of smiles,
cheers, and tears as former alumni of all 30 years of Walter Panas
High School came together to celebrate their common history and
commitment to the high school. It was an enjoyable event where old
friends reconnected and new friends were created. The evening was
truly a success.