The marriage between Center and Monaca that created Central Valley seems like yesterday. However, it’s already been five years since the first graduating class earned their diplomas, and more than six years since the merger took place in lower grade levels.

Like a marriage, the merger formed a big family. And now, it’s time for the family reunion. A group of people, led by Central Valley athletic secretary Carla Copple, former school board member and Center alum Mike Rossi, and Monaca resident Diane Antoline McKay are organizing this event, called “A Weekend to Remember – the Trojans, the Indians, and the Warriors.”

Yes, this is an all-class alumni reunion for anyone that has ever graduated from Center, Monaca, or Central Valley.

The reunion will be held the weekend of September 4 and 5, and a full slate of activities are planned. Copple said, “This event is a weekend to celebrate the friendships and memories made during school days.  The school names have changed, but the buildings and history remain.”

A Weekend to Remember – Friday, September 4

Let’s take a look at what’s being planned. On Friday, September 4, the Central Valley Warriors will host the Montour Spartans in the opening week of the 2015 high school football season in a Parkway Conference showdown.

Former cheerleaders, band members, majorettes, Indianettes, and All-Americans will be participating in pre-game and halftime festivities. An alumni band will also be in attendance. Graduates from Center will wear blue, graduates from Monaca will don red, and graduates from Central Valley will sport Carolina blue.

After the game, there will be an alumni reception at the Monaca Turners. Beaver County’s favorite band, the Jaggerz, take the stage at 10:15 pm, and there will be a cash bar.

A Weekend to Remember – Saturday, September 5

The festivities continue on Saturday, September 6, beginning with a golf outing at Beaver Valley Golf Club in Patterson Heights, which also happens to be the home course of the Central Valley boys’ golf team.

The outing begins at 9 am with a shotgun start, and the cost is $55 per person, including lunch. The golf outing is limited to 36 foursomes, so if you plan on playing please sign up in advance.

In the early evening, 6 pm to be exact, a “Celebrate the Legacy” parade will march through downtown Monaca. Any former school queens, kings, administrators, faculty members, or anyone who has ever participated on a championship winning team, are welcome to march in the parade. The alumni band will also be making an encore performance, along with majorettes, cheerleaders, Indianettes, and All-Americans.

After the parade, the party continues at the Monaca Pump Station. Ecstasy, a nine-piece band made up of some former alumni, will be jamming all night long, bringing this exciting, fun-filled weekend to a close.

If you’re interested in contributing to the alumni weekend, you can visit their facebook page – ‘A Weekend to Remember’ – where you can download a registration form. Lisa Burlett has played an integral role in creating the graphics and for her technical expertise.

They are also having periodic organizational meetings leading up to the weekend that you can also participate in. For more information, call Carla Copple at (724) 728-8806.

Marc is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. A 2001 graduate of Center High School and 2005 graduate of Point Park University, Marc is employed by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and officiates high school and college football. Follow Marc on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram @marcgrando