A high school reunion can be somewhat awkward for some former students. It can be hard to find commonalities between people who haven't spoken in over 10 years. To get the former students loosened up and mingling, have several sets of questions for the students to ask each other at different parts of the evening. For even more fun, award prizes for some of the best answers or collection of answers.
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Use icebreakers to get students mingling at the start of the reunion. Give each student a list of funny questions to find out about as many people as possible during a five- or ten-minute time limit. Put challenges such as finding someone with more than three children, finding someone who flies for a living, finding a doctor, finding three people with red hair or finding an artist. This will get the former students mingling and talking.
Before the event, type up conversation cards for everyone to use as conversation starters to help get the talking going. Place basic life questions on the list, such as what do you do for a living, do you have any kids, what are your hobbies, who is your favourite author and other simple, easy-to-answer questions. This gives everyone something to talk about even if they don't remember each other from school. You can even make a checklist to mark off the questions as you answer them. The person who speaks with the most other people can receive a small award.
High School Trivia
Ask the former students trivia questions from their high school days to see if they remember their time at school. Include questions such as who was the high school quarterback, who were prom queen and king, who was the valedictorian, what years (if any) the school won championships for any sports or other clubs and other similar questions. You can have the students submit questions they want to answer before the event and add those questions to the list if you run out of ideas.
When the former students sit down to eat, have a basket or box of conversation topics on the table. You can vary the questions from semi-serious to completely fun and useless. Include questions such as what would you do if you won a million dollars, would you go back to high school again if you could go back in time, how would you act differently at school if you were to go back with your current knowledge, what are your three most important items, who is your favourite celebrity and why and other similar questions.
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