It was a reunion in Weatherford that spanned 50 years and the Atlantic Ocean.

The Weatherford High School Class of 1964 got together recently to celebrate its half-century reunion, and they were again joined by their long-distance friend. Christian Schnabel, who currently lives in Lüneburg, Germany, once again made the 5,000-mile trip to Weatherford to reconnect with old classmates.

Schnabel was an exchange student from Germany to Weatherford in 1963 and 1964. When Schnabel first moved to Weatherford, he could speak only a few words of English…but within nine months, he placed second in a statewide oratorical contest with his speech being delivered in English. Schnabel moved back to Germany at the end of the year, and eventually became a pastor, where he served for 40 years.

His oldest daughter, Johanna Elizabeth, also participated as a foreign exchange student and came to Weatherford High School during the 1991-92 school year.

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