Former Unionville Students Read Their Predictions of the Future a Quarter-Century Later

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Fred Stauffer, center, is flanked by former Unionville High School students Dan Fogel and Megan Plunkett Cromer. Image via Fran Maye, Digital First Media.

As high school students nearly 25 years ago, they penned future predictions about themselves and the world around them, and now, as they’ve hit age 40, more than 70 former Unionville High School students finally got to see how much of it actually came true.

“Some of the stories were interesting,” said Unionville’s now-retired environmental science teacher Fred Stauffer in a Southern Chester County Weeklies report by Fran Maye. “They were supposed to be kids writing letters to themselves. Some were doomsdayers; others were pretty positive. It was a lot of fun.”


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The Unionville students in Stauffer’s 1993 and 1994 classes were given the assignment, and some totally forgot about it in the decades since. For Stauffer, it was great to reconnect and see what his students had done in life after his class.

“One of the most rewarding things I have seen in retirement is to see (past students) doing great things with their lives, and what they have achieved,” Stauffer said. “Teachers influence lives.”

Read more about the prediction letters from Southern Chester County Weeklies here.


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