School mates get back together

REUNITED: Kelly Crawford and Karmilla Nugent at the Kingaroy State High School class of 1997 reunion.
REUNITED: Kelly Crawford and Karmilla Nugent at the Kingaroy State High School class of 1997 reunion. Tobi Loftus

IT WAS the year of Hanson's MMMbop and Aqua's Barbie Girl, the death of Diana and a debate on whether there was room on that piece of wood for both Rose and Jack in Titanic, but for some Kingaroy residents it was the year they graduated high school.

About 30 graduates reunited at the Commercial Hotel on Saturday night for their 20-year Kingaroy High School reunion.

Kingaroy resident Kelly Crawford organised the event.

"We had a 10-year one and I thought it would be great to organise a 20-year one and see what everyone was up to and see how things have changed,” Ms Crawford said.

"A lot of people have travelled to be here, some have come from as far as Canberra.

"It's like nothing's changed, it doesn't feel like 20 years, though a lot has changed.”

Ms Crawford said it was easier to remain in touch with people through social media than it was 20 years ago.

"With my high school friends I see them quite often, I keep in contact with three or four on a daily basis,” she said.

"I keep up with everyone else through social media.”

Ms Crawford's high school friend Karmilla Nugent said being at the reunion felt like being in the Twilight Zone.

"It's very, very weird,” she said. "Time has flown.”

Ms Crawford said current Year 12 students about to graduate from high school should make the most of their remaining days at school.

"It doesn't feel like its been 20 years, 20 years goes so quickly,” she said.

"When we graduated school you looked at people of our age and thought they are quite old, or quite grown up and all of a sudden, like a click of a finger, you're that age and it doesn't feel like that much has changed.

"So I'd say make the most of it and keep in contact with people.”

Ms Nugent agreed.

"Don't sweat the small stuff, let it go,” she said.

"Some things aren't worth worrying about. Time just goes too fast.”

Following the reunion Justice Crew took over the Commericial Hotel which kept the reunion party going.

"Some of us will be staying and partying with Justice Crew,” Ms Crawford said.

"But some of us have children to go home to.”

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