by Patrice Johnson
Saturday, June 9 felt drab and drizzly outside, but the halls of Heritage Elementary rang with warm greetings and hugs as former SHS students streamed into the 122nd Annual SHS Alumni Association Banquet.
Brian Boyce, class of ’68, led off the event with a welcome to all. “I was talking with a fellow 50-year alumni, and she told me she was pleased she could still fit into some of the same things she wore in school.” He grinned. “She said her earrings fit just the same.”
After the Pledge of Allegiance, master of ceremonies Brian Boyce delivered the invocation and a delicious dinner followed. Boyce also performed the Roll Call of Classes.
All hearts ached with Terry Greenamyer Sommer’s remembrance of 13 deceased classmates. Linda Stephens had written a ’67 tribute to the class of ’68, and since she was unable to attend, Sommer read it. The touching tribute welcomed the class to the “SHS Medicare Club” and reminded the classmates of how quickly they had to grow up with the assassinations of Martin Luther King and President John Kennedy and the Vietnam war. It challenged all to “Keep the spirit of youth active, to stay joyous, and to accept new challenges, because growing old is not for weenies.”
Attendees then joined to sing Auld Lang Syne with Roberta Barber Sweet in accompaniment.
The 2018 Alumni Committee had pulled off another memorable event. Kudos to members Mary Joan McArthur ’52, Ruth McArthur Bessey ’54, Chita Moeckel Kunzelman ’65, Sue Biehn Wireman ’66, Brian Boyce ’68, Patricia Kishpaugh Kelley ’68, Deborah Glenn Marshall ’68, and Terry Greenamyer Sommer ’68.