M-U alumni banquet held

WEST MILTON — There were approximately 360 in attendance at the 129th Milton-Union Alumni Banquet on May 20.

The evening opened with remarks by Tara Sturgeon Flory, class of 1991, followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance,” led by Angela Keller Wahl, class of 1992, and the invocation by Tim Studebaker, Class of 1988.

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

The oldest attendee was Raymond Bruce Green from the class of 1941, 76 years ago.

Representatives shared comments, remembrances and accomplishments of their classes. Jim Schumacher recognized the class of 1952, celebrating their 65th year. The class representative for 1957 was Judy Yount Roush. She shared how much things have changed in those 60 years. There were 80 students in their class. Twenty-one classmates are deceased.

Bonnie Small represented the class of 1967, celebrating their 50th year. There were 148 students. She described them as a very close and innovative group, listing a number of “firsts.” That is also the year the football team was undefeated and took back the SWBL Championship. Susan Oglesbee recognized the 40 year class of 1977. There were 213 students in the class. They held a Senior Presidential Convention for Ford and Carter. The average annual income was $13,572, stamps were 13 cents and gas was 62 cents a gallon. She shared a number of facts and activities about the class.

Liza Kochersperger Curee recognized the class of 1992, celebrating their 25th year. Liza then read the list of the 67 M-U graduates that have passed away since the 2016 Alumni Banquet. Dr. William Ginn recognized those being inducted into the M-U Athletic Hall of Fame, including Mitchell Evans, class of ‘07; Kyle Grilliot, class of ‘84; Travis Hobbs, class of ‘99; and Jen Stacy Bradley, class of ‘99. They will be officially inducted, and a description of their many achievements described during an awards ceremony to be held preceding and during half time of a basketball game in January.

Following the business meeting M-U class adviser Mike Rohr introduced those present from the class of 2017 (class co-adviser Luke Kinniger was held up at a school sporting event). Each one told their name and their plans for the future. David Wion, class of 1976, then presented the M-U Alumni Scholarships for 2017.

Seventeen scholarships were awarded totaling $49,000.

Dana Dickison, class of ‘80, and the MUHS student volunteers were thanked for setting up tables and chairs, serving drinks and meals to the most senior classes, and for taking down the chairs. The buffet style dinner was prepared by Stillwater Valley Catering.