Welcome Class of 1978!!

Welcome Class of 1978!


June 20, 2018

Fellow WPHS ‘78 Wildcats:

Greetings!  Our 40-year high school reunion is set for Saturday evening, October 6.  We placed our reunion on Winter Park High’s 2018 Homecoming weekend and hope that many of you can attend Friday night’s Homecoming Game at Showalter Field which starts at 7:00 PM. Go Wildcats!  

40th Reunion Theme:

The theme for our reunion comes from our Facebook contest in February. Thanks to Bob Baird for suggesting “Life’s Been Good!”  From the 9 songs that made it to the final round, Bob’s entry garnered the most votes from fellow classmates. Of course, we should credit the famous Joe Walsh for his smash hit from 1978!  

Key details for our reunion:

            When:              Saturday, October 6, 2018

                                    6:00 PM to 11:00 PM


            Where:            Winter Park Racquet Club

                                    2111 Via Tuscany, Winter Park, 32789


            Cost:               $90 per person, Early Bird offer expires on August 31

           $110 per person, regular admission, after August 31

           Deadline for all registrations is September 30

           $130 per person, pay at the door with check or cash only


            Includes:          Heavy Hors d’oeuvers, 2 drinks, a beautiful venue and a

             Disc Jockey.  WPRC will have a cash bar for extra drinks


            Register at:      www.picatic.com/event15288432967690 

            Email:              wphs78@gmail.com


Please send us your photos for our Reunion Slide Show

Laurie (Parsons) Yahn, is collecting 2 photos per classmate for our slide show which will run throughout our reunion.  We are looking for each classmate to send a photo from your high school days and a more recent one.  Keep it classy folks!  Also, if you served in the military, please send an extra picture of yourself in uniform.  Please email your pictures to  Lyahn@yahnfamily.com

Connect with us on Facebook

Special thanks to Willy McCullen who has taken the lead to run our Facebook group.  We are still looking to connect with more classmates. So far, we have connected with 357 of you which is great. If you know classmates that aren’t members, please invite them and Willy will approve them to our group.  We are limiting the group to 1978 classmates only.

The hyperlink to our FB page is:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/253587761751718/

Class of 1978 Website:

We do not intend to make very many updates to our website.  We will rely largely on our Facebook page for current news and announcements.  Nevertheless, our website has a complete copy of our year book senior photos and many other pictures from previous reunions for you to enjoy.

Sponsorships for this reunion.

We appreciate the support of our sponsors who enable us to have extra perks at our event and help keep our per person costs lower.  Special recognition will be provided for our sponsors on our class website, Facebook group and at the reunion.  The website sponsorships will remain on our website until our next reunion.


$1,000             Varsity Club

   $500             Orange and Black Members

   $250             Name in Lights

   $100             Lunch Money


If you are interested to be a sponsor, please email us at wphs78@gmail.com and we will assist you.

Winter Park High School Foundation a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit

At our registration website you will see that we are accepting donations to the WPHS Foundation. 

The WPHS Foundation was established as an IRS-approved not-for-profit organization in 1992 by concerned parents and community members to bridge the gap between county and state educational funding and the money necessary to help WPHS maintain its outstanding position as a nationally-acclaimed public high school.

Its sole purpose is to provide additional financial support for the educational, extracurricular, and athletic needs that benefit WPHS students. Recent budget cuts and today's tougher financial times make the work of the Foundation more vitally important than ever before.

The Foundation’s website is: http://www.wphsfoundation.org/

WPHS Class of 1978 – 40th Reunion Committee:

Karla (Henning) Starkey, Chair                        karla@hmscpa.com

Suzi (Roess) Barnes                                       sbarnes4@cfl.rr.com

Charlie Fitzgerald, III                                       charlie@moisandfitzgerald.com

Teresa (De Arrigoitia) Garrett                          teresa@garrettfirm.com

Willy McCullen                                                 wmcciii@gmail.com

Joni (Hock) Russell                                         joni@cfl.rr.com

Bobby Simms                                                  bob.simms@hubinternational.com

Laurie (Parsons) Yahn                                    lyahn@yahnfamily.com


Memorial Wall on our website:

We will do our best to remember our fellow classmates that have passed away.  If we miss someone, we sincerely apologize.  Please let us know of any changes need to be made.  You can email this information to charlie@moisandfitzgerald.com

Final thought:

We would really love to see a turn out for this reunion that’s greater than our previous three reunions.  Our 30th reunion attracted 203 classmates, spouses and friends.  So please help us to spread the word and encourage your fellow classmates to join our Facebook group and register for the reunion.

Kind regards,

Karla (Henning) Starkey
1978 Reunion Committee Chair