Quemado holds all-school reunion

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Courtesy of Eulene Brannon Watkins: Quemado Superintendent Bill Green gets some of what he undoubtedly dished out in his own high school days, when his office was toilet-papered by members of the QHS alumni during the bi-annual all-school reunion held in Quemado on Aug. 9 and 10.

It is challenging to organize a class reunions in small towns such as Quemado where school districts are made up of student populations from 100- to 150-mile radius and class sizes are often under 20 students. Quemado High School solved this problem years ago — similar to what other small schools do — with an all-school reunion held every two years to honor and celebrate all students who have ever attended the school. Every other year, a group of former students, with tremendous help and support from Quemado Schools administration and staff, put together two days and two nights of activities for alumni. Events usually include a dinner on Friday evening, a pancake breakfast served by QHS athletics or other groups, a lunch on Saturday and a dance on Saturday night.

This year’s reunion featured a youth bull riding event, hosted by the Quemado Community Equestrian Association, and the Clay Mac Band playing for the dance. Many attendees were most impressed with the unusually green landscape this year, which is due to the high precipitation rate in the area during the month of July.