Ilion High School
Class of 1988
Digitized Class Yearbook....
1988 Mirror from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 25, 2021)
Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1988 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1988 Mirror Class History.
Class Historical Newspaper Articles....
Class of 1988 Prom Traditions....
The Class of 1988 was featured on the History of Proms.
The Prom Theme was "Nothin's Gonna Stop Us Now".
Who was the prom queen and her escort in your graduating class?
(Nov 13, 2014)
Carrie (Lenarcic) Firestone Latest Book "DRESS CODED" Reviewed in NY Times
Carrie (Lenarcic) Firestone had her latest book, Dress Coded, reviewed in the New York Times on August 20, 2020. (September 27, 2020)
Carrie's novels can be ordered on-line at Amazon.
Carrie (Lenarcic) Firestone Writes Second Novel
IHS 1988 alumnus, Carrie (Lenarcic) Firestone, now has a second book, "The Unlikelies". The novel is centered around the lives of teenagers, during an eventful summer, who deal with issues, such as cyber bullying. Her novel was featured in the The Times Telegram news story. "The plot revolves around Sadie, a rising high school senior, who steps in to rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral, according to Google Book Review. She suddenly finds internet fame, and is introduced to other 'hometown heroes' who form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs." (July 27, 2017)
The novel can be ordered on-line at the following links:
Carrie (Lenarcic) Firestone Writes Novel
IHS 1988 alumnus, Carrie (Lenarcic) Firestone, joins the list of Ilion graduate authors with her debut, young adult, novel "The Loose Ends List". Carrie's novel was released in June 2016. Her novel was featured in the Utica Observer Dispatch news story. "The story is about 17-year-old Maddie O'Neill Levine, whose grandmother is also her go-to confidante. According to the author's website, the grandmother has "booked the family on a secret death-with-dignity ship called the Wishwell, as the grandmother has terminal cancer and is determined to leave the world in her own way — and give her family an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process."
Carrie graduated from William Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in English and anthropology. She earned a master’s degree from Columbia University Teacher's College. She is the daughter of retired HCCC professors Ray and Faye Lenarcic. Carrie lives with her husband, Michael, in Avon, Connecticut.
Carrie co-founded The Ilion Project in 2010. The group was started after she began with a grass-roots movement to collect information on illnesses and gather environmental data on potential pollution in the Village of Ilion. Carrie began investigating contamination after her sister, Jennifer (Lenarcic) Snyder of New Hartford, was diagnosed in 2008 with a brain tumor. Carrie asked her IHS 1988 classmates if they had any health problems. The classmates started a website and began collecting data on illnesses among Ilion natives and current residents, calling the effort "The Ilion Project." Current information about the efforts can be found on The Ilion Project Facebook discussion group. (June 27, 2016)
Class of 1988 - 25th Class reunion Plans
Friday, Nov. 29th weekend of Thanksgiving 2013
Vicki Coffin Judd Running for New School Board
"I have served on the Mohawk Central School District BOE for the past two years. This experience has been invaluable in learning what educational fiscal responsibility involves. It is different than corporate fiscal budgeting due to educational law, union contracts and the governing process of the district. The BOE is responsible mainly for the budget, contract negotiations, governing the Superintendent to ensure he/she does their job and overall providing the best educational programs/opportunities for said district through auditing and processes. I've enjoyed being a part of this and being involved in the merger process first as a Community Advisory Committee member where I learned the details of each district. This inspired me to run for the Mohawk BOE."
"Now I'd like to be a part of building this new foundation as we move forward together for our kids, our communities and our staff. I also am a 42 yr old mom of three children ages four to eight, so I have real skin in the game. I've been married for ten years to James Judd, a Guidance Counselor in a neighboring district. I’ve been employed with IBM for almost 18 years worldwide as an ERP Project Manager and Services Expert which has required a technology expertise, business process re-engineering, people and project management as well as budgetary and negotiation skills for various corporations. I graduated from RPI in 1992, Sage’s Jr. College of Albany in 1990 and Ilion High School in 1988. Other than serving on the Mohawk BOE, my other community involvement includes:"
* Mohawk AYSO soccer referee
"In the case we do not have a candidate meet and greet forum, I welcome those Ilion and Mohawk residents interested in discussion topics or asking questions about my BOE run to contact me via FB, 868 9368 or at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Class of 1988 - 20 Year Reunion Plans
Save the Dates Former Classmates!
Many of you should have received an e-mail or packet in the mail from me already asking you to Save the Date. If you did not, please reach out to me ASAP at 315-866-1552 or Vicki Coffin's email. Reminder, please send in your $25 deposit by Nov. 15th with checks made out to IHSREUNION88. Even though its not until July of 2008, we are trying hard to ensure everyone gets invited and has enough time to plan ahead. Believe it or not - I think we graduated with 129 "officially", we had about 176 people we went to school with throughout the years (some moved, get their GED, etc.) and we are only currently missing 24 people. Please contact myself or Vicki Rossi Callaghan, 868-1143, if you have any information on the following classmates that we are still looking for:
* Pam Adams * Peter Alosio * Don Ames * Michael Baldwin * Becky Brown (New Hartford?) * Chris Bouck * Becky Bowman (Ilion?) * Carrie Claus Hess * Joellyn Cress * Scott Davis (Mohawk Valley?) * Bill Delude * Robin Donnelly * Jim Dougherty * Latish Hardy * Michael Hill (Frankfort, NY?) * Kim Laquay Jennett (VA ?) * Kathleen Kennedy Mason (FL?) * Jim Maddocks (KY?) * Dawn Maine Jones (Little Falls?) * Shawn Patterson * Scott Prosser * Robin Smith * John Tanner * David Wickersham (NJ)
You'll receive your invitation packet/e-mail in the Jan./Feb. 2008 time frame. It will include details on the agenda below, sign-up sheets for activities & prices, hotel info, kids info, instructions/directions, etc.
Agenda Friday - July 18th 3:00 PM – Guided Tour of Ilion High School 5:00 PM – Ilion Doo Dah Days Parade (Class of 88’s kids ride/march) 7:00 PM – Cocktails at Ilion Elks Club (performance by Showtime) Saturday - July 19th 8:00 AM - Ilion Days 5k Road Race 9:00 AM - Class of 88’ Charity Golf Best Ball Tournament (Maple Crest) 6:00 PM - Dinner/Dance at Blue Flag Restaurant, Utica Train Station (DJ) Sunday - July 20st 11:00 AM - Family Day / BBQ at Glimmerglass Dusk - Fireworks at The Dave Whalen Park (Ilion’s Community Park) Thank you!(modified Nov 2, 2007)
Bombers Buzz Website.....
Dennis Wood, heavy equipment operator, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (June 30, 2013)
Julie Dewan, Assistant Dean, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Feb 16, 2013)
Dawn Maine Jones, housewife/mom/grandma, email, Little Falls, NY, registered. (Jan 12, 2010)
Lori Case Carr Fresco, home mom, email, from Mohawk, NY, registered in the directory. (Jan 20, 2009)
Stephen Zaffarano, from Indianapolis, IN, email, sent news. (Dec 14, 2008)
"It's been a while, huh. Well, I'm done with traveling for work. Am working back at the hospital I started at in Indy, St. Vincent's. CAT Scan really is my best modality though I sometimes miss taking regular x-rays and even performing MRI scans. My daughters are 20 months old (Emily), and 2 yrs 8 months old (Angelique), and my wife, Noel, and I recently celebrated our 6 year anniversary. Next year we're heading for Florida for a week in June, and Vegas in October. The kids are doing GREAT and already smarter than those 5th-graders. I see Jeff Foxworthy competing with...lol! Life's good. Nearly killed myself by falling off a ladder this past weekend. Probably be around for another 80 years or so, still posting to this website...!"
Mary Baldwin, from Ilion, NY, registered. (Aug 13, 2008)
Deanna Smith, Restaurant Owner, email, from Amsterdam, NY, re-registered. (Mar 6, 2008)
Lynn Bracken Cox, Data Analyst, email, Louisville, KY, registered. (Oct 30, 2007)
Cynthia Kasarda Innella, Registered Nurse, email, (www.myspace.com/parn34) Shohola, PA, re-registered. (Oct 26, 2007)
Nicole Fort Stuart, Registered Nurse, from Scotia, NY, email, registered. (Sept 22, 2007)
Jim Stone, Air Force, email, Warrensburg, MO, re-registered. (Aug 10, 2007)
Paula Perrone Gravelding, Customer Service Manager, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Aug 10, 2007)
Brenda Ladd LaHaie, Quality Executive with Bank of America, email, from Fort Mill, SC, registered. (Aug 10, 2007)
Victoria Shaut Alexander, Registered Nurse, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (Jan 2, 2007)
Kelly Murphy Herringshaw Bank Retail Sales, email from Taylors, SC, re-registered. (May 18, 2006)
"Things are great here in S. Carolina! MUCH shorter winters! I do miss a little snow once and a while though! I am now the retail sales manager for one of the 50 largest banks in the nation and as you can imagine, this keeps me quite busy. When I am not working, I am spending time with my family in Charleston, SC. A beautiful city!!!"
JoAnna Gottlieb Nealon, Sr. Project Manager, email, from Northborough, MA, re-registered. (April 5, 2006)
Cynthia Dempsey Chapel, Executive /Sales Coordinator, email, from Mebane, NC, registered. (Sept 17, 2005)
Sue Wood Bubel, Documentation Specialst, email, from Herkimer, NY, re-registered. (Sept 10, 2005)
"My daughter, Dayna, is a senior this year. I can't believe it it seems like just yesterday we were seniors. She is in the top 10% of her class plays field hockey (very well too I might add) and runs track. She is much more popular and outgoing then I ever was in high school.I am so proud of her. All of you that have little ones enjoy them, they grow up so fast. I hope to see you all in a few years at the 20th reunion."
Shawn Hyer, director of operations, Multnoma Country Club and ConferenceCenter, email, from Portland, OR, re-registered. (August 3, 2005)
Regina Ball, Sales Dept Coordinator at Northern Safety Company , email, re-registered. (August 3, 2005)
Vicki Coffin Judd, IBM Project Manager, email, from Mohawk, NY re-registered. (June 30, 2005)
Michele Gettle Conard, email, from TX, re-registered. (March 5, 2005)
"I am currently living in Texas with my wonderful husband of 8 years two teenagers Thomas 14 and Kassandra 13 ugh!. We are military so we move alot and my husband is getting ready to leave for Iraq. I am a staff administrator at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research. I used my home of record (24 Orchard St, Ilion) for my address so maybe I will be contacted for the next reunion. I was told I couldn't be found. Sounds like everyone is doing great. Can't believe its been 17 years!!! God Bless!!"
Jeff Brownrigg, Criminal Investigator, email, McKinney, Tx, registered. (October 5, 2004)
Ida Hendrix Dickinson, stay at home mom, email, Camp Lejeune, NC, re-registered. (September 6, 2004)
Thomas Simpson, Software Engineer, email, West Allis, Wi, registered. (August 3, 2004)
Scott Davis, manager at The Home Depot, from Frankfort, NY, re-registered. (April 19, 2003)
Paul Bleaking, Assist DP Corrdinator at BOCES, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (February 8, 2003)
Darlene Gay Staring, Stay at Home Mom, email, from Little Falls, NY, registered. (October 19, 2002)
Allen Boyle, email, from Newark, DE, sent news. (October 6, 2002)
"Hello everyone! Since I left Ilion, I have been living in Delaware. I graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1993. I am now married with two children. Sydney is 4 and Spencer is 1! I started my own company in 1998. We are a company which offers metal finishing services to a variety of companies, individuals, government, and military. Things are going well! I wish I could have made the reunion. Hope to hear from some of you!"
Shelly Matthews, from Ilion, NY, will be attending the mega-reunion. (October 5, 2002)
Patty Stephens Trevett, is currently working at Applegate & Day Funeral Home, email, from Ilion, NY, and re-registered in the directory. (September 5, 2002)
Brian Shoen, email, from Herkimer, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 21, 2002)
Amy Getman, email, from Ilion, NY,is attending the mega-reunion. (August 20, 2002)
Vicki Rossi Callaghan, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 19, 2002)
Carrie Lenarcic Firestone, ESL Teacher, email, New Hartford, NY, re-registered. (August 19, 2002)
Laura Hagan Dillon, email, from Ilion, NY, signed the GuestBook. (July 23, 2002)
"I just found this site, I think it's great that we can all keep in touch. Love to hear from everybody."
Renee Darling Lisowski, Student/Teacher, email, Wilbraham, MA, registered. (June 21, 2002)
Rene Griffith Edwards, student, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (modified June 21, 2002)
Connie Jacquays, Literacy Consultant for the Boston City Schools, email, Arlington, MA, registered. (April 11, 2002)
"Hello everyone!!! I can't believe it has been ten years. I have been in Boston for five years now working as a literacy consultant for a school system north of the city. I am keeping busy by playing in a symphony,singing in a choir, and volunteering for Operation Smile - a non for profit organization that fixes children with facial deformities all over the world. I went on an Operation Smile medical mission to the Middle East and I am getting ready to leave on a mission to China."
Michael Dudish, Customer Service Engineer, email, Charlotte, NC, re-registered. (March 13, 2002)
Tracey Thompson Coccitto, email, from Spencerport, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 3, 2002)
Jennifer Flanagan, email, from Mohawk, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 2, 2002)
Jerry Angelichio, email, Newton, MA, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 19, 2002)
Shawna Manno, email, Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 16, 2002)
Renee Smith Williams, Secretary, email, from Mohawk, NY, sent news. (modified September 24, 2001)
"Hi, Everyone. Well, since I last typed on here our lives are even busier. The kids are getting big. Lauren (5yrs) just started the big "K". She plays soccer and acts like she's 15 already. Boy are we in trouble!!!!! Tristen is 2 1/2 and just picking up what his big sissy does. Sometimes good, sometimes not. We're still in the valley of course. I have started back to school myself for nursing. Going part time and working full time. Boy is it ever hard going back after all these years. I like to hear from you so e-mail me. I have a new e-mail address from when I originally signed on. Stay well and see you in ????? yrs." - Renee
Julie Ford Stone, email, Herkimer, NY, registered. (March 9, 2001)
"Hey everyone! I'm living in Herkimer with my husband David and our 2 year old son Benjamin. Life in the valley is calm and quiet. We look forward to returning to Ilion when Ben is ready for school. I've been teaching 1st & 2nd graders in the Mount Markham School District for 8 years now. The job remains very challenging and rewarding. Amy, Brenda, where are you??? Hope all is well... " - Julie
Kathy Mauro Gookins, Sales Associate, KeyBank, email, from Ilion, NY, sent an update. (modified Jan 8, 2001)
"Hi everyone. I just wanted to update my email address. I still work for KeyBank as what I am not really sure my job title changes every 6 mo., that's corporate america for ya. I currently attend HCCC (yes Harvard on the hill) hoping to move on to UC-majoring in Criminal Justice-economic crime. If I plug away I might finish before my son is a senior in high school. Todd and I are still married! We have been together 14 yrs already..seems like my entire life....I have 2 wonderful children Justin is now 10 in 5th grade and Alexa is 5 she just started school this yr. and my phone rings off the hook for them I have lost all rights already. I would love to hear from everyone. Lots of Luck." Kathy
Rene Griffith Edwards, email, from Chadwicks, NY, sent news. (modified July 22, 2000)
"Well, I finally did it!!! I got married on June 3rd, 2000.Jeff and I, along with ours girls and a few family members, went to Niagara Falls and got married there. I would say it was a small ceremony but we got married next to the falls and there were tons of tourist that just circled around us and cheered. It was very weird!! But funny!! We were posing for pictures for people who couldn't speak any English. Everything went perfect and the girls were just adorable in their little gowns. Everyone is doing great here. Brittney is now 8, Alexis will be 6 in August and Kaitlyn just turned 1 in June. Time sure does fly when you are having fun!!! They are keeping me very busy--Brit and Lexy are in Ballet, Tap and Gymnastics--so I am always running around. And Kaitlyn is just full of HIGH ENERGY!!! Hope to hear from you and hope you are all doing well. Kimberly---I know where you are......how come you are not on this page??? ----love." - Rene
Ted Sexton, Physical Therapist, email, from Midvale, UT, registered. (March 20, 2000)
Lori Hart McElwain, Nurse & Mom, from Clayville, NY, registered. (October 12, 1999)
Ed Lynch, Electrical Contractor, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (modified Feb 27, 2000)
Paula Perrone-Gravelding, Personal Lines Underwriter, from Herkimer, NY, registered. Congratulations to Paula on the birth of her daughter, Lauren Ashley born 05/28/99. Congrats on wedding Dec 31st 1999! (modified February 2, 2000)
Kevin Roach, email, from Dolgeville, NY, signed the Guest book. (March 12, 1999)
"Hi! What is everyone up to?" - Kevin
Stephen Zaffarano, Radiologic Technologist, email, from Indianapolis, IN, registered in the directory. (March 12, 1999)
"Hello again to all of you wild 1988 graduates! Had a good time at the reunion last year and sorry I didn't make the dinner! I'm currently living in Indianapolis, IN, where I continue to work in Radiography. I have no children and no wife...can do without the added stress right now! LOL! Anyway, I've got this meeting on 03/12 that just may change my life forever... I'll keep y'all posted on any changes in my career/life, and I'll be sure to send ya back stage passes if I make it up to New York sometime!(hint hint!) Hope everyone is doing well with their lives. I know I am! God bless..." Stevie Z
"Well...let's see...since I wrote here last, I've moved into CAT Scan here in Indy, and I'm a finalist for the Indiana State Karoake singing championship! If I make it through the next 12 weeks, I'll have a shot at the Nationals in Nashville Tennessee...kewl, huh? Anyway...hello to all of my NY friends...I'll be home again soon to visit. I promise!!" Stevie Z (May 12, 1999)
Regina Simonette Fureno, International Dept/CONMED Corp., email, from Frankfort, NY, registered in the directory. (December 29, 1998)
Mark Ames, Law Enforcement, email, from Charleston, SC, registered in the directory. (November 1, 1998)
Kelly Murphy Herringhaw, signed the Guest Book. (August 29, 1998)
"Been married for 7 yrs and have 2 beautiful girls I am a branch mgr for NationsBank and my husband is a superintendent for a concrete co. Website brings back some wonderful memories!" - Kelly
Cynthia Kasarda Dawson, from Mohawk, NY, signed the Guestbook. (May 23, 1998)
"My Mom showed me to this website, believe it or not! I recently separated from the Air Force after nine years and seven months. I was in Georgia for seven years and I recently moved back to the valley with my four year old son from my first marriage and my wonderful fiancée! Hoping to attend school in the fall semester. Please drop me a line via e-mail-looking forward to hearing from old friends!:)"
Patty Stephens Trevett, Currently working at Applegate & Day Funeral Home, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (May 22, 1998)
"Isn't this great. I'm still in Ilion, married for five years and have three wonderful children, Jamie (12), Bryan (10) and Alyssa (3 1/2-going on 30). Yes, the math doesn't calculate. Ida Jo I miss you and the kids miss Jenna. Tell her we said 'Happy First Birthday.' Hope you'll be able to make it back for the reunion. Things are going well. Heather W. how are you? " - Patty
Peter Wardle, email, from Los Angeles, CA, signed the Guestbook. (May 12, 1998)
"Amy Bullis told me about this great site, so I thought I would get my e-mail address on line. I'm living in L.A., working as a mergers and acquisitions attorney for a large law firm and loving the West Coast, where I have been since college. I hope everyone is happy and healthy and I look forward to hearing from some of you."
Jim Stone, signed the Guestbook. (May 9, 1998)
"Hello to all! I can't believe it's been ten years. I joined the Air Force right after graduation and haven't stopped moving since. I am married to a beautiful woman named Deana from Washington. We're going on six years now. We both just returned from overseas. She was in Korea and I was in Turkey for a year. (We are both military police officers). Needless to say it was a long year. We are stationed here at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri and bought a house in Warrensburg (about 40 miles east of Kansas City). I am excited about this web page and hope I to renew some old friendships." - Jim
Amy Bullis, email, an Art Director from Los Angeles, CA, registered in the directory. (May 9, 1998)
"I can't believe I fell into this sight! It was great to read all the entries from the class of '88. 10 years! Holy... I've been living in Los Angeles for the last 5 years, living through earthquakes and generally having a great time, but I do have my bouts with homesickness. I will visit this sight often. It's good to know home is only a keystroke away. Wainis!-Where are you?" - Amy
Scott Prosser, from Fulton, NY, email, registered in the directory. (updated Feb 1, 2000)
"In May of 1999, my wife Sue and I had a beautiful baby girl, Miranda. She gets along great with her brother, Derek who is now almost four."
Michael Emrich, a Land Surveyor from Mohawk, NY, registered in the directory. (February 10, 1998)
Scott Thomas,from Troy, NY, signed the Guestbook. (January 23, 1998)
"My sister came across this sight for me, so I stopped to say hi. Just got married and living in Latham. My wife's name is Chris. I have a stepdaughter named Korina Murray. I graduated from SUNY Albany in 1995. I work for Marriott Management Services at he Heritage house in Troy. I just stopped by to say hello."
Edward Fike, pool repair technician, email, from Naples, FL, registered in the directory. (Feb 8, 2001)
"I stumbled across this website and I think its a great idea. I can't believe its been close to ten years since graduation. I completed one tour in the United States Air Force and have been employed as aDeputy Sheriff for the past 8 yrs. I look forward to hearing from lost class mates, so feel free to e-mail me."
Dave Wickerham from Long Island, email, signed the Guestbook. (December 16, 1997)
"My mother's maiden name was [Judy] Gray 1965. I will be visiting them for New Year's down in Charlotte, NC. They just moved this week!! I will be bringing my laptop and will definitely show her the site. I didn't elaborate on the my guest book page, but after browsing other entries, think I should have."
"I was class President at my HS in Wilmington, DE and have started to organize our ten year reunion. That is how I came across your page. I believe it was a link from classmates.com. I wish that we had something similar to the IHS page. It is definitely outstanding, both in format an ease of use. I was quite impressed."
"I would have graduated in 1988 from IHS if we did not move to Delaware. I currently am living on the East End of Long Island where I have been since graduating from the US Merchant Marine Academy in 1993."
Welcome Heather Wainwright, from Boston, MA, email, the first alumnus, Class of 1988 to register in the alumni directory.
Heather writes "...This is a great idea! I know the word about this site is spreading - got the address from a friend in Seattle. Looking forward to checking in here every once in a while - hope to see some other 88'ers sign on... coming up on 10 years gone by since leaving IHS! Hey Boodie - where's Amy??"
Class Page Editor....
"First thank you so much for your hard work and wonderful follow through on this website. It's wonderful! I would like to volunteer to be the Class of 1988's contact." - Vicki
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