A "Presidential" Class Reunion - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/28/08

A "Presidential" Class Reunion

Class reunions are a time to face the past, remember old friends and reconnect with those you haven't seen in years. Typically they are held at a hotel or country club near the high school you attended. But for one Lubbock woman, her class reunion will be held at a house...the White House!

Nancy Sikes' trip to the White House started in her 1963 yearbook.

"Some of her good friends were my good friends," said Sikes.

In 1964, Sikes and First Lady Laura Bush graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Midland. The years went by and then Sikes received something special in her mailbox. It was an invitation to her 44th class reunion - at the White House.

"It's going to be all three high schools from Midland. Robert E. Lee, which is the one I went to and the one Mrs. Bush went to, and Midland High School and also George Washington High School," said Sikes.

However this is not Sikes' first class reunion hosted by Laura Bush.

"We had our 33 and a third reunion in the governor's mansion," said Sikes.

Sikes says at that reunion Mrs. Bush, who apparently loves to dance, hit the dance floor while then Governor Bush smiled for pictures.

"He stood in line for hours and took pictures with anyone that wanted to have their pictures made with him," Sikes said.

Sikes didn't pass up that opportunity and even sent the picture to be signed by the later President Bush. It was returned with a personal message and a note on presidential stationary.

"It's a buffet from what I understand and then there's supposed to be a really fun band. Which I image they'll play the good old sixties songs and we'll all have a change to dance and have a fun evening," Sikes said.

It'll be an evening that's sure to make memories just as cherished as those in her yearbooks.

"There are not many people that have graduated with a president or a first lady so it's a unique opportunity," said Sikes.

She also tells us that Mrs. Bush "the girl" was just as sweet and classy as she is as the First Lady of the United States.

The reunion festivities at the White House are expected to begin around 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

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