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CHS class of 1998 reunites after 20 years
• Whitmore Mansion venue attracts 70 former classmates
Class reunion
Members of the 1998 Ceres High School class of seniors gathered June 23 at the Whitmore Mansion for a 20-year reunion. Co-organizer Steve Festa is at right.

Charlie Davis traveled from Washington to California this past month to attend Ceres High School’s 20th year reunion for the class of 1998.

“I just flew back from England a few days before,” said Davis, who lives in Seattle. “The timing wasn’t optimal. But I’m really glad I came back. It was fun reconnecting with people who I hadn’t seen for so long. That was the highlight for me.”

Ceres High’s class reunion was staged on June 23, from 6-10 p.m., at Whitmore Mansion.

Local vendors hired included La Morenita Mexican Restaurant, Blaker Brewing and Addy’s Boutique.

La Morenita offered its catering services.

The menu included tacos with three different types of meat, rice, beans, tortillas and salsa.

Leftovers were donated to Habitat For Humanity.

Cloak & Swagger, a live band, provided entertainment.

“We had 70 of our graduates there with their significant others,” said Steve Festa, CHS reunion committee chairperson. “We also had a dozen administrators there as well. It was a great way to say thank you to them.”

Class reunion participants made the short walk to the Rusty Nail Night Club in downtown Ceres after celebrating at Whitmore Mansion for four hours.

“There were a lot of special moments throughout the night. Everybody had a great time.”
Steve Festa

“There were a lot of special moments throughout the night,” Festa said. “Everybody had a great time.”

“I probably wouldn’t have come back if it wasn’t for Steve,” Davis said. “He was my best man at my wedding and I was his.”

Ceres High’s class of 1998 reunion committee consisted of Festa, Kat Aranda, Ashley Jackson, Justin Lew, Julio Marquez, Joseph Sanson, Erica Tornquist and Raul Verdugo.

“This was a year and a half in the making,” Festa said. “We had high expectations. It was a big success. We were able to raise enough money to donate $125 to the activities department at Ceres High School and the Bolt Dance Team.”