Members of Central York High School’s Class of 1982 pose with their children who graduated from the same school during Friday night’s
Members of Central York High School's Class of 1982 pose with their children who graduated from the same school during Friday night's commencement. (Submitted)

A group of parents and students lined up on the stairs in Central York High School's atrium before graduation Friday night.

Matching eyes or smiles pinpointed which teen belonged with which adult. "Panthers!" they yelled, smiling.

But it was not a typical pre-ceremony photo opportunity.

What a bystander might have missed was that the group included 11 members of Central's class of 1982 and 10 of their children who graduated that night.

It all began with a reunion.

When Central York alumni Amy Snook, Kim Zech, Debbie Bieber and Lori Paiva started planning their class reunion for the class of 1982, they discovered they each had a student graduating from their alma mater this year.

Then they started counting and grabbed a yearbook, Snook said.

"They started adding up," she said.

Some of the former classmates had never left; others had lived in other areas of the county; and some had even left the state and returned. But they all came back to Central, citing the quality of education, music program and athletics.

"When I see you guys, it's just like we're back in school," Snook said.

While not all close in high school, the cliques from high school disappear, Zech said. And with the advent of Facebook and social media, the students of today should have no trouble keeping in touch.

The group reminisced about former classmates and former reunions at the foot of the stairs afterward. They said how much things have changed, but stayed the same before rushing to find seats and watch their own students perform the same ritual of passing their tassels from right to left that they had done 30 years before.

The class of 1982 celebrates their 30th reunion is Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Holiday Inn, 2000 Loucks Road in West Manchester Township.

The alumni of Central York High School

Here is a list of the parents who graduated as part of Central York High School's Class of 1982, followed by their child who graduated from the same school during Friday night's commencement:

Õ¤Alan Snook & Amy Rhinehart Snook - Jake Snook

Õ¤Kim Hoke Zech - Adam Zech

Õ¤Janet Miller Shaffer - Sean Shaffer

Õ¤Lori Deming Paiva - Haley Paiva

Õ¤Pat Loughran - Katie Loughran

Õ¤Debbie Butcher Bieber -Allison Bieber

Õ¤Steve McNamara - Lauren McNamara

Õ¤Greg Frye - Andy Frye

Õ¤Lisa Ness Lindner - Aubrey Lindner

Õ¤Anthony Marano - Nick Marano

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