ROCKSPRINGS — The crowning of a new queen and the recognition of distinguished alumni and the service award recipient kicked off the Meigs homecoming and alumni festivities on Friday evening.
Jade Dudding was crowned the 2016 Meigs Homecoming Queen during the pregame ceremony. Dudding was escorted by Dillon Mahr and crowned by 2015 MHS Homecoming Queen Madison Greene.
Following the crowning of the queen, the 2016 Meigs Local Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni and Service Award was presented.
Kathy Reed, longtime educator at Meigs High School, was recognized with the Distinguished Service Award. Reed was accompanied by her husband, Tom Reed, and son, Dru Reed, both Meigs High School graduates.
Jackie Welker, retired Air Force SMSgt. Christopher Knight, and Dr. Jared Sheets were presented the Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Welker is a graduate of the MHS Class of 1985. He is the owner of Court Street Grill in Pomeroy and founding member of the Pomeroy Blues and Jazz Society. Welker was accompanied on Friday evening by his wife, Jessica, and son, Jaycie.
Knight is a 1993 graduate of Meigs High School. Knight enlisted in the Air Force in 1995 as a ground radio maintenance technician. He spent 21 years in the military, including 13 years overseas supporting the global war on terrorism with assignments in Japan, Guam and South Korea.
Sheets was valedictorian of the Meigs High School Class of 1989. He is currently the medical director for Holzer Health System-Athens and has served the last five years on the health system’s Board of Governors. In addition, Sheets is a clinical assistant professor in the Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine and for the last four years has served as a director for Farmers Bank. He was accompanied on Friday by his wife and two children.
Reunion on the River events continued on Saturday in downtown Pomeroy.
Saturday’s events included live music on Court Street and the alumni parade through downtown.
This is the 10th year for the MLAA Reunion on the River.
Editor’s note: Complete biographies of the award receipients are available in a Sept. 18 article in the Sunday Times-Sentinel or online at mydailysentinel.com.
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