Poly Reunites in the Rain


Isabella Incata and Mia Pineda

Spring is finally here, and so is the annual Poly Reunion! 

“It’s an opportunity for alumni of specific years to come home to Poly Prep to reconnect with the community and celebrate,” said Director of Student Life Jared Winston. 

 On April 29, 2023, Poly alumni came together to celebrate and reminisce about the times they spent on campus.  

Director of Alumni Relations Donna Muoio said, This year we are celebrating the milestone years ending in 3 and 8, but all alumni are invited back to campus to catch up with friends and teachers and celebrate peers at the Distinguished Alumni Awards.” 

As opposed to previous years, this year was much more challenging and less populated due to everything being moved inside because of the rainy weather conditions.  

“This year, we had 135 alumni and 54 guests. Usually, we have double or triple that amount,” said Muoio. She explained that the largest number of people in recent years has been around 300. 

Originally, there were supposed to be several sports games: varsity baseball, boys’ tennis, and softball’s grand opening for their new field. However, due to the weather forecast, all sports games were canceled. Still, the art showcase was able to occur and was a great success.  There was also a barbeque in Commons. Usually, class photos are taken near the pond, which was also not possible; instead, they were taken in the Chapel. 

“A regular reunion is mostly held outdoors on the Oval, with a special luncheon for the 50th class reunion,” said Muoio. 

 This year, the class of 1973 celebrated their 50th Marquis Reunion with a luncheon in the Blue Devil Deli and at 3 p.m., the Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Awards and Cocktail Reception was held in the library.  

“It was much more successful because it was the first year that the awards were given at the end of the day, and there was a higher attendance. From now on, the award ceremonies will always be at the end of the day,” said Muoio.  

Since 1983, the Poly Prep Alumni Association Board of Governors has presented awards to graduates from the certain milestone years being celebrated. According to the Alumni Awards section on Poly Prep’s website, the awards are given to graduates with exceptional achievements in certain fields, service to the school community, and the support of their Alma Mater.  Four alumni were given awards,  including Arthur J. Bellinzoni ’53Marcus Whitney ’93, Angela Yee ’93, and Michael Cacace ’98.

The best part about Reunion is coming back to see friends and walking the halls with them

— Richard Ratzman

“The best part about Reunion is coming back to see friends and walking the halls with them,” said Richard Ratzan ’63.  

Although Reunion might have been different from past years, it was still a memorable experience for many and a time to reconnect with old friends.  “My favorite part of Reunion 2023 was seeing my daughter, Tara, and her fellow classmates from 2013 celebrating their ten year reunion.” said Muoio.  

Even though it was different this year, everyone was able to come back and celebrate with friends and relive their Poly moments. After all, “Reunion is all about celebrating Poly spirit — past, present, and future,” said Winston.