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In Marcellus: you can go home again

You can go home again

MHS Class of '67 is still a bunch of proud Mustangs

MHS Class of '67 is still a bunch of proud Mustangs.

I personally never wanted to go back to my high school reunion. There are some things from high school, or from any part of your life, you don't want to forget, and some you would happily choose never to remember. With a new crop of Marcellus college-bound freshman moving on this month to various colleges and universities across the nation, a meeting with Margaret "Margie" Piirman, class of 1967, on a reunion trip home to Marcellus, almost changed my mind.

Margie (pronounced 'Mar - ge') remembers the class of 1967 as a daring group of optimists, and Marcellus High as "a great place to get an education."

"Out of a class of about 140 people, we had 50 people come back for this reunion," said Margie, who lives in Tulare, Calif. "Everyone agrees that this town did and still does value education."

The class of '67 was the first class in the new kindergarten and the first class to enter the new (back then) high school.

"I think we were a well-rounded group," Margie said. "Marcellus was not only a great place to get an education, but a safe place as well."

She remembers her favorite teachers as Mr. Petro (sixth grade) and her French teacher, Miss Hastings. Margie, along with her sisters Millie and Kathy, remain true to their Mustang heritage and have gone on, to leave their 'mark' upon the world. Margie, following in her father's footsteps, became a doctor, getting her higher education at the University of Buffalo and Elmira College. Her husband, Romuald, is a teacher, and both have enjoyed long and satisfying professional careers.

"On the whole, I think our class did pretty well by ourselves and Marcellus," Margie said proudly, "We have many people who have gone on to become quite well-known in their fields."

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