Viera High School Class of 2012 set for 10-year reunion

Madeleine Reschke, left, Maddie Copes (Williams), Kiera Smith (Keesecker), and Gabriella Davey (Tomasura), members of Viera High's Class of 2012, celebrate their graduation.

Members of the Viera High School Class of 2012 plan to party hearty come June when graduates celebrate that important milestone: a 10-year anniversary. 

The 2012 is the fourth graduating class in the history of the school, which opened in 2006.

A week-long series of events will highlight the highs and lows of the past decade, with no short supply for either category.

“We’ve been through loss of classmates, COVID quarantines, unemployment and existential crises,” said Carolyn Kreuzkamp, who is orchestrating the festivities along with former fellow alums Kiera Keesecker, Brett Shore, Danny Hanrahan and Kayla Mraz.

For Kreuzkamp, who lives in California, life is very different, yet very similar.

“I still spend a lot of time walking around The Avenue and going to the beach with friends when I am home,” she said.

Like many classmates, she traveled afar, and may be in the running for furthest travels, since she helped the Peace Corps in Chongqing, China, before moving to San Francisco to pursue her “urban dream” of running her own market research and business strategy company. 

Her trip back home for the reunion will garner her serious frequent flyer miles, but not rack up as many as Amy Aoussat, who plans to travel to the reunion from her current home base in England. 

“Social media has helped us all stay connected and I’m still in daily contact with a few of my closest friends back in Florida but I still wouldn’t want to miss such an occasion!” said Aoussat, who has been back home only twice in the ten years since she moved across The Pond. 

Aoussat doesn’t want to miss the centerpiece of reunion festivities, the “Dinner with a View” party at downtown Melbourne’s Hotel Melby, where attendees can opt for a discounted overnight stay so as not to feel the pressure of driving home late. Beyond this adults-only party, the reunion week also has family-friendly events that include a beach hangout, surf lessons, kayaking trips and more. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit Epilepsy Foundation Florida and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

“Our class agreed that donating to these charities helps show the families and friends of our departed classmates that we care and want to honor their grief by supporting these causes,” Kreuzkamp added. 

Reunion tickets start at $65 but will increase Jan. 1, 2022. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. Sponsorships that include professional marketing opportunities start at $500. Private donations are also welcome.  

“The faculty remember the class of 2012 fondly,” teacher Jeff Draves said.

“They set the standard for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and Hawk pride.”

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