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Ryan High class to leave legacy

High school reunions can be a lot of fun. It’s good to see former classmates again and catch up on what’s been going on in everyone’s lives.

And a reunion can give us a great excuse to haul out the family photos and do a little bragging, even if we sometimes have to look at those goofy yearbook pictures that we’ve been trying to forget all these years.

Many reunions follow a similar format. You know the typical drill.

But it’s always nice when we hear about a class that’s trying to accomplish something meaningful during a reunion. Some classes want to leave a legacy for others.

The Ryan High School Class of 2002 is like that. Members of the class are reuniting this weekend, and they plan to give back to current and future Ryan High students.

The classmates were scheduled to take in the Ryan High-Wichita Falls Rider football game at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex on Friday and catch up on the downtown Square, and they were planning a formal event at the Center for the Visual Arts today and a family fun day at a location overlooking Lewisville Lake on Sunday.

But event organizers also told us they would be collecting donations for a scholarship that will go to fund testing and certification fees for Ryan High juniors and seniors in need and who are enrolled at the LaGrone Advanced Technology Complex.

Jonathan Newman, who is assisting with the scholarship effort, told us that pledges in excess of $1,000 have been made so far. More than $400 in donations had also been collected at the time we talked with him.

Alumni were given opportunities to purchase $5 donation tickets to go toward the scholarship, and a portion of the proceeds from merchandise sold at Friday’s game would go toward the scholarship, organizers said.

It’s a way to give back to the community that contributed to the class of 2002’s success, Newman told us.

An account for the scholarship has been established with the Denton Public School Foundation, and organizers hope to create an endowment with a minimum of $10,000 so that $500 in scholarships is awarded annually.

Donations can be mailed to: Denton Public School Foundation, 1307 N. Locust St., Denton, TX 76201. For more reunion information, visit

The scholarship sounds like a great way for members of the class of 2002 to give a helping hand to some of those who will follow in their footsteps at Ryan.

And it establishes a tradition that can be continued by future graduating classes.