Former Stawell High School student, Beverley Svilicic (nee Goode) travelled to Carnegie, Oklahoma in the United States of America and participated in a 50th Alumni reunion of her High School graduating class of 1968-69.
Beverley attended Carnegie High School as a Rotary Exchange student for a 12 month period sponsored by the Stawell Rotary Club.
Carnegie is a rural community in southwest Oklahoma and is home to the Kiowa Tribe of America headquarters.
Mrs Svilicic said the reunion weekend schedule was filled with functions and opportunities for former classmates to rekindle old friendship and memories of schooldays.
"Former students travelled from many parts of the United States to attend. Not surprisingly, I received the award for having travelled the longest distance," she said.
"The Main Street Parade was a highlight of the weekend and graduates rode on their respective 1968 and 1969 class floats.
"We were feted by the marching bands and other participants in the parade."
Mrs Svilicic said after a dinner in honour of the returning graduates more formalities took place.
"We attended a function in the same auditorium where the graduation ceremonies took place 50 years ago," she said.
"Each graduate was presented with a certificate and gold pin to mark the occasion.
"A special moment of the evening was the opening rendition of the Lord's Prayer, performed in Native American sign language by a group of children from the Carnegie Native American Heritage Club.
"After the formal program it was time to participate in the Carnegie tradition of the Drag Main Event, bringing back schooldays memories for all."
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