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Summit H.S. Class of '64 to Hold 50th Class Reunion Oct. 10-12

Photo caption: The Summit High School Class of 1964 reunion committee, pictured from left to right: Front Row: Bette (Williams) McDermott, Carole Frederick, Nola (Ruppert) Zusi.  Back Row: George Klacik, David Hughes, Siddeeq El-Amin, and Michael Vernotico.  The reunion is set for October 10-12, 2014. Credits: Nola Zusi

SUMMIT, NJ -  The class of 1964 graduated from Summit High School 50 years ago this year. To commemorate this milestone, a committee has been formed to plan a special 50th reunion weekend on October 10 -12, 2014.

 “There is a lot of excitement being generated by this reunion,” said George Klacik, Chairman and a lifelong resident of Summit.  “Our classmates have had some great accomplishments over the last 50 years, and it has been heartwarming to read some of their stories on our class website;"
Klacik added, "The class of ’64 was special in many ways, including the fact that we were the only class to be undefeated in football, the basketball team went all the way to play in the state championships in Atlantic City, and the track team was undefeated in dual meets and won the state title.” 
Klacik also noted that, along with athletic prowess, many classmates have given enormously of their time and finances to great causes, such as the establishment of the Ghana Scholarship Fund, which helps educate underprivileged children in Ghana, Africa.  Alums have bravely served in the armed forces during the Vietnam War and afterwards, and in government positions both in Summit, as well as in Washington, DC.

The committee includes, George Klacik of Summit as Chairman; Carole Frederick of Delaware; Better (Williams) McDermott, a Summit resident until recently moving to Pennsylvania; David Hughes, Summit’s City Clerk and lifelong resident of Summit; Siddeeq El-Amin of Plainfield, serving there as Captain of the Police force until recently retiring; Nola (Ruppert) Zusi of Waretown, NJ; and Michael Vernotico, former Councilman and Summit resident.
“The committee has been hard at work since last fall planning an event-filled weekend for our classmates,” said Klacik. “We will kick off the weekend by participating in a speakers’ forum at Summit High School, speaking with students on a topic to be announced.  Later that evening, the class will gather at the home of Michael and Joanne Vernotico, getting reacquainted with old friends and classmates." 
Saturday’s events will include a luncheon and football game culminating on Saturday night with a celebration party at The Grand Summit Hotel in Summit.  Sunday morning there will be time for final farewells at the continental breakfast that is being planned.
“Registration has already begun, and we are encouraging classmates to register as early as possible,” Klacik noted. “A block of rooms have been reserved at The Grand Summit Hotel, and there is a list of additional accommodations nearby that is posted on the website.  We hope to see all our classmates, their spouses, and significant others at the reunion.” 
For more information about the Class of 1964’s 50th Class Reunion, visit, or email George Klacik at

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