MERIDIAN — Meridian High School graduates from 1969 or before gathered Saturday for the Meridian Golden Alumni Brunch. Two of the organizers, Betty Johnson Wontorek and Marcia Fowler Bain, were part of the 1960 graduating class — the last group to graduate from the original Meridian High School, built in 1904, before it moved to a new building. The building later became home to Cole Valley Christian Schools.

The Meridian of today had changed significantly from what they remember from their high school days, but the shared experiences they had with their classmates remain. As they grow older, both Johnson Wontorek and Fowler Bain try to encourage all of their friends to get together — not just for the reunion.

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As the two grow older and lose more of their former classmates, the reunions become more important to both of them. Fowler Bain said the reunions reflect on where you came from.

“We take people for granted and we shouldn’t,” Johnson Wontorek said. “We don’t know what is going to happen.”

Patty Bowen is the Meridian Press reporter. You can reach her at or follow her on Twitter @pattybowenMP.

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