North Central Soulful Reunion Committee
NC Soulful Reunion
Wouldn’t it be nice to get together with your classmates you haven’t seen in years and just have some fun…. Well, that is what class reunions are for right? The North Central Soulful Reunion is a twist on the boring class reunion, only these reunions are so much more fun.
The purpose of the North Central Soulful Reunion is to allow the 12 to 15% of the Black & Brown Alums of North Central High School to come together and reunite with friends that attended school the entire 4 years we were there instead of just those in our specific class year. To reunite with friends we grew up with in our communities that may be younger or older than us but still attended North Central or at some point attended Washington Township schools without the limitation of a graduation class or even graduating from North Central because sometimes our friends transferred or moved away. We even included people who may have hung out with North Central Alums but never attended the school because they were also a part of our high school experience. The mix of all this goodness makes up our Soulful Alums and produces a very festive gathering. We have even had people in attendance that graduated from North Central High School as early as the 70’s all the way to the new millennium. It is nice to watch people walking through the park introducing themselves to each other; it is like family meeting new family members. There are generations of North Central grads at the event. Grandparents bring their children and grandchildren that were North Central Alums or attendees.
The History of the North Central Old School Soulful Alumni
The committee consists of Catherine Bowman Jones, Donald Eugene Overby, Dee Overby Walker and Tami Highbaugh-Abdullah. The North Central Soulful Alumni is the brain child of Catherine Bowman Jones who, in 2009, attended an Indiana University Soulful Reunion. She had so much fun that she wanted to try something similar with her own North Central High School Alums. She spoke with friend Donald Eugene Overby to organize a gathering the day after Christmas in 2009. Later enlisting Dee Walker and her brother David Bowman who shared the event on Facebook. The turnout was great for a last-minute gathering that brought a small intimate crowd; we had a wonderful time and many of us wanted to see this happen again. After the 1st event, Tami volunteered her graphics and marketing skills and we were ready to start planning the next Soulful Reunion.
We are currently planing and working on our 6th NC Soulful Reunion, to be held Sept 10th, 2022 at Riverside Park. Our goal after this year is to make the reunion even bigger. Offering opportunities to travel together, a black tie event, and if we can make it happen. We have something really big in the works for future Reunions.