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Posted Friday, May 12, 2000

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The Record, Friday, May 12, 2000

Heights Class of ‘50 celebrates
with scholarships for Class of ‘00

By Charles Yoo, Staff Writer

Two generations separated by a half-century will compare notes this weekend as the high school Class of 1950 returns to award $1,000 scholarships to 13 students from the Class of 2000.

Reunion organizers say entering a new millennium called for a special celebration, so they chose to collect $13,000 from graduates -- now in their 60s -- for a one-time donation to a scholarship fund. They selected 13 seniors based on their essays, interviews, academic achievements, and extra-curricular activities.

The money, the senior citizens say, is a gesture that they still care for their alma mater, which graduated 88 students 50 years ago.

The reunion is titled "Giving Back."

The idea behind it [the scholarship] is to develop inter-generational relationship," said 67-year-old Warren Braren, who now lives in Hartsdale, N.Y., and runs a publishing consulting firm in New York City.

Scholarship recipients appreciated the gift.

"I’m gonna use it to help pay for my college," said 18-year-old Daniel Fitzgerald Weiner, an editor of the yearbook who plans to attend Seton Hall University this fall. "The Class of 1950 who interviewed me for the scholarship, they were the nicest people. They were great."

At Hasbrouck Heights High School, a special video presentation is scheduled for Friday with talks from members of the Class of 1950 on how the town and their lives have changed in five decades.

The following night, a banquet is planned at Fiesta Banquet Rooms on Route 17.

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