Class of 1986 reunites _lowres

Photo provided by Beth Dawson -- Members of Jackson High School's Class of 1986 gathered for their 30-year reunion in May. Seated, from left, alumni include Alma Jackson Johnson, Annette Silas Jackson, Bridgett Anderson, Karissa Estes, Yolanda Wilson and Lesa Hollins Burton; and standing, Andrea King Sanders, Elaine Parrenin Stewart, Ira Johnson, Nelwyn Dawson Rainwater, Richard London Jr., Peggy Stewart, Pamela Broadway Terrance, Calvin Matthews Jr., Peidera Sims Matthews, Burnett King Sr. and Tiria Brown.

Jackson High School’s Class of 1986 — the first to attend and graduate from the Jackson School Complex on La. 10, which is now the home of East Feliciana High School — celebrated its 30th reunion May 27-29.

Of the 74 graduates, 21 attended the reunion weekend, which included a welcome reception at a Zachary restaurant, a social gathering and family picnic at the Art Barn in Clinton and worshipping together at a Jackson church.

Alumni shared memories, stories, photographs, laughed, danced and visited with one another.

Several presentations were given by members of the class, including one by Lesa Hollins Burton, who honored the five classmates who have died since 1986: Rodney Bennett, Jody Bryant, Michelle Gauthier, Sean Matthews and Karl McCray.

Another honored those who have served or are currently serving in the military: Richard London Jr., Air Force; Vernett King Cage and the late Matthews and McCray, Army; Lorenzo Williams, Marines; and Annette Silas Jackson, Navy.

Class President Yolanda Wilson and Calvin Matthews Jr., class vice president and salutatorian, led the group in a song and activity that had alumni sharing an unknown fact about themselves from the past 30 years.

Andrea King Sanders recognized former Jackson High teachers in attendance: Joyce Davis, Beth and Scotty Dawson and Rufus Nesbitt, as well as Jackson High Principal Newton Matthews.

Attending the reunion from the Class of ’ 86 were: Bridgett Anderson, Gerald Boyette, Bryant Brooks, Tiria Brown, Burton, Karissa Estes, Jackson, Alma Jackson Johnson, Ira Johnson, Burnett King Sr., London, Calvin Matthews Jr., Roosevelt Matthews, Peidera Sims Matthews, Delores Brown Moore, Nelwyn Dawson Rainwater, Sanders, Elaine Parrenin Stewart, Peggy Stewart, Pamela Broadway Terrance and Wilson.