TUPPERS PLAINS — The Olive-Orange High School Alumni held their 78th reunion on May 26 at Eastern Elementary School, with a total of 80 alumni and guests attending the banquet. A corsage was given to the last graduate of the 1934 class, Nina Follrod Robinson.
The president, Shirley Edwards, welcomed all the attendees, and all stood and recited the pledge to the flag. Howard Caldwell then gave the invocation.
After the dinner, the president asked all of the veterans to stand and be recognized. She thanked them for their service, as well as all the other servicemen and women who are serving our country. She then read the list of the deceased alumni who had passed away this past year.
Edwards then introduced the four students who each received a $500 scholarship from the alumni association. Students and parents introduced were Janae Boyles and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Boyles; Cheyenne Doczi and mother, Jenni Doczi; Kristin Fick and mother, Sonya Fick. Unable to attend were Baylee Collins and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Collins.
Phillip Boyles then recognized a former teacher and coach, John Shank, and told of his first year of coaching at Olive-Orange and winning the championship. He asked those in attendance who were part of that team to stand. Team members were Richard Spencer, Howard Caldwell, and Marion Riggs. There were many other alumni in attendance who were taught by Shank.
The president then thanked the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 9053 and the Pioneer 4-H Club for the meal and service, as well as, Cris Kuhn for providing dinner music. Special thanks was given to Howie Caldwell and Martie Baum for donating the flower arrangements for the tables.
During the business meeting, the first item was to recognize the alumni attending from the honor years: 1952 — Roxie Randolph Ford, Marvene Gaul Caldwell, Patricia Kibble Snider, and Richard Spencer; 1957 — Elilia Ward Adams, Phillip Boyles, Marlene Robinson Donovan, and Dolores Schultz King.
Other alumni attending included: 1934 — Nina Follrod Robinson; 1937 — Amy Dye Morehouse; 1938 — Sarah Findlay Caldwell, Evelyn White Jeffers; 1940 — Dana Hoffman; 1941 — Thurman Dye; 1943 — Retha Bailey Day, Helen Cullums Swartz; 1944 — Macel Smith Barton; 1948 — Jerry Baughman, Helen Chevalier Roberts, Donna Halsey Brooks; 1950 — Duane Longenette; 1951 — James O. Dye, Frederick Goebel, Charles Sisson, Gerald Swartz, Harold Swartz; 1953 — Nina Brannon Sanders, Howard Caldwell, Marion Riggs, Norma Jean Robinson Swartz, Delbert Sanders; 1954 — Dorothy Barnhill Stout, Shirley Collins Edwards, Claremont Harris; 1955 — Florence Boyles Spencer, Manning Marcinko, Marlene Newland Kuhn; 1956 — Ralph Chevalier, Janice Swartz Kuhn, and Jim Whitlatch.
Guests attending included: Sandra Patterson, Rose Barnhouse, Adrian Roberts, Rene Avon, Courtney Avon, Margaret Baughman, Betty Longenette, Carlene Goebel, Neva Swartz, James Snider, Ellen Riggs, Cricket Thrash, Nancy Sanders, Jim Stout, Gloria Marcinko, Betty Chevalier, Marsha Whitlatch, Rod King, Mary Lou Boyles, Ellen L. Vineyard, and three members of the Sisson family who were there to attend the funeral of Virginia Sisson Desmond, who graduated in 1948.
The secretary and treasury reports were given and stood approved as read. The president asked if the alumni wanted the Ladies of the VFW to serve again next year and the vote was unanimous. It was also unanimously approved to have a band or dinner music.
The same officers were elected with the exception of Howard Caldwell being named as first vice president.
Sonny Harris auctioned off several pies for the Ladies Auxiliary.