M-U alumni honored

WEST MILTON — There were approximately 480 in attendance at the 128th Milton-Union Alumni Banquet on May 21.

At the banquet, the 2016 inductees to the M-U Hall of Honor and the Athletic Hall of Fame were honored.

Yvonne Martindale Kochersperger, Class of 1971, recognized the inductees into the M-U Hall of Honor: Bob Menker, Ted Studebaker and Larry Dehus.

Dr. William Ginn recognized those being inducted into the M-U Athletic Hall of Fame: Doug Studebaker, Class of 1971; Trent Thompson, Class of 1979; Erin Storer Cooper, Class of 1991; and Jennifer Ginn Thompson, Class of 2001.

They will be officially inducted, and a description of their many achievements described, during an awards ceremony to be held on Saturday, January 28, before the boy’s basketball game with Brookville.

The evening opened with remarks by Amy Rue Todd, Class of 1990, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by George Stamper Jr., Class of 1991, and the invocation by Kelsey Floury, Class of 2012.

Following the meal, Amy recognized guests and led the Roll Call of Classes, with special recognition of milestone years.

Attending her 128th Alumni Banquet was Ruth Howdieshell. Ruth is 100-years-old and graduated from M-U in 1932. Ruth was presented with a white embroidered M-U Bulldog jacket in recognition of her many years of attendance.

Each representative shared remembrances and accomplishments of their class.

The Class of 1951, celebrating their 65th year, was represented by Lowell Studebaker. Karen Beeman Randall represented the class of 1956, celebrating their 60th year. Marvin Rue represented his Class of 1961, celebrating their 55th year. Sandra Murphy Magel represented the 50 year Class of 1966. Susan Sowers Bucholtz represented the 40 year Class of 1976. Teresa Polli Cheadle represented the 25th year Class of 1991.

Since the 2015 Alumni Banquet, 86 M-U graduates have passed away. Jill Weidner Stahl, Class of 1991, read the Memorial Tribute.

Following the business meeting M-U Class Advisors Tracy Pair and Kelly Strick recognized those present from the Class of 2016. Each stated their name and their future plans. David Wion, Class of 1976, then presented the M-U Alumni Scholarships for 2016.

Todd closed the evening by thanking everyone for attending and also offered thanks to all those who had a part in lanning

another successful evening. She also encouraged the Class of 2016 to always mark the third Saturday in May on their calendars and attend the M-U Alumni Banquets of the future.

Milton-Union High School students set up the tables and chairs and sophomore students served drinks, served meals to the most senior classes in attendance and helped take down tables and chairs. The buffet dinner was prepared by Stillwater Valley Catering.