October 23, 2021

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Metro Roundup: Previous trade college student returns to Chelsea 50 years later on

The Chelsea Large University Course of 1971 held its 50th substantial college reunion not long ago, and a acquainted encounter joined them from much absent. 

Alba Lucia Pelaez came to Chelsea High Faculty from Colombia as a international exchange college student for 18 months thanks to a scholarship from the Civitan Club. 

When she 1st arrived, she spoke no English and put in time finding out the language and lifestyle, and in the tumble of 1971 began taking her classes to graduate with a diploma. 

“It was a fantastic expertise,” Pelaez recalled. “When I went again to Colombia, I was very pleased to say that I graduated in the U.S. It was a incredibly exceptional prospect. This was my very first journey back to Chelsea in 50 years. I haven’t been back again since I graduated.”

Her daughter designed the vacation with her and was happy she did and was happy of what her mother did all individuals decades ago. 

Even though so significantly time had passed, Pelaez said she and her friends however really like just about every other after 50 yrs and stated numerous of the women were being like sisters to her. 

“These girls, I expended a large amount of weekends in their properties,” she reported. “It was a beautiful memory that I in no way missing.”

Ruth Hartley, a member of the class of 1971, reported Pelaez arrived into their class a few months after she learned English. 

“She began in the tumble of 1971 and graduated in 1972, but we claimed her,” Hartley reported.  

More than the reunion weekend, some of the associates of both equally classes fulfilled at Lloyd’s cafe on Friday night time for a shock welcome social gathering for Pelaez. On Saturday, Might 29, the reunion was held at the Weldon Pavilion at the Chelsea Sporting activities Complicated. 

For the duration of her pay a visit to, Pelaez stayed with her former classmate Terry Foote. Several of the ladies acquired together there and had a cooking lesson on earning her well known carrot cake. 

“Alba is really effectively regarded in Bogota for her carrot cake,” Hartley stated. “It’s a recipe she took from in this article and perfected it in a Colombian sense. She taught us how to make it.” 

On June 1, Pelaez headed back to her household in Pereira, Colombia, but mentioned her take a look at was a blessing. 

I’ve seriously appreciated [Chelsea] as one particular of the very best spots that I appreciate,” she reported. “I’m going to consider to appear back subsequent yr so we can make the celebration of the course of 1972.”