Celebrating high school 10 years later

Posted August 29, 2013 at 11:01 am

BABBLING BROOKS column–Express Editor Kim Brooks

As this paper comes out, it’s only a few days away from the end of my fourth year here at the Monticello Express on Aug. 31 (or the start of my fifth year, whichever way you look at it). It’s also my “little” sister’s 23rd birthday and my high school 10-year class reunion. So much going on!

I was a member of the Maquoketa Valley High School Class of 2003. Seems so long ago…

As with every class at MV, a class list is compiled, ranking classmates into categories such as “Most likely to become President,” “Most likely to fall asleep in class,” “Worst driver” and “Most likely to move the farthest away.” While I didn’t accomplish any of those (I only moved about 20 minutes from home.), I did manage to maintain my status on that list as “Class midget.” Something to be proud of!

I have to say, my high school class really got along quite well. (Don’t we all say that?) But it just seems like we didn’t have any squabbles, cliques or the like.

With 70 classmates graduating, we were actually one of the smaller classes in recent MVHS history.

There are so many varied stories as far as where everyone went after high school, what they’re doing now. A couple of guys went to California to attend film school and maintain a career in the Hollywood industry. Some went to college to pursue one avenue and are working in a field totally unrelated to their college degree. With the job market and the tough economy, I think you’d be lucky just to have a decent job right now.

Ten years after high school, many of my former classmates have become moms and dads with one or more kids. (Scary thought)

If it weren’t for Facebook, planning our 10-year reunion would be impossible! As the saying goes, “Everyone’s on Facebook.” And if so-and-so is not available via the social networking conglomerate, then someone has a way to get in touch with them somehow.

While one’s 10-year reunion may not be as monumental as, say, your 25th class reunion or your 50th, it’s still a time to celebrate, get together and reminisce. While you can keep in touch and find out a lot through Facebook, catching up in person is a whole other story.

Looking through my senior high school yearbook, I can’t believe how much we’ve all changed and grown up in 10 years! The fads and favorites make for some laughs.

Favorite clothing brands in 2003 were ranked as American Eagle, Lucky and Silver Jeans. I’m sure the times have changed. Top songs that year were “Young” by Kenny Chesney, “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw and “Dilemma” by Nelly and Kelly.

Top movies in 2003 were varied according to genre: “Finding Nemo” (Disney animated), “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (Also Disney, but live action. This was the first in the “Pirates” movie series.), “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (this was the third installment in this trilogy.), “X2″ (one of the many X-Men films.) and “Love Actually” (a British romantic comedy).

Major news stories to hit the airwaves in 2003 included war, child abduction and politics. The War in Iraq broke out two years after 9/11. The War on Terror also began against the terrorist group al Qaeda. The space shuttle Columbia blew up just before it landed in Florida, carrying seven astronauts. Then there was the news from California surrounding a new governor, or should I say gover-nator (Arnold Schwarzenegger). The SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak, which began in Asia, had now spread to Europe and North America. Today we hear about so many child abduction cases. In 2003, Elizabeth Smart, who was missing for nine months, was found and rescued in her home state of Utah. As it is today, gay civil rights were also a hot button issue 10 years ago.

With the changing of times, we, the Class of 2003, have also changed in numerous ways.

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