WHS Class of 1951 celebrates 65-year reunion


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The Washington High School Class of 1951 celebrated its 65th reunion recently. First row (L to R): Eleanor McFadden Howard, Esther Dean Johnson, Dr. David Sheidler, Mary Bryan Holley, Rozella Dowden McArther, and Harold Roberts. Second row (L to R): Dick Hughes, Barbara Thomas Smithson, Barbara Edwards White, Shirley Pyle Stackhouse, Ann James Blake, Isaac Bennett, Louise Sperry Van Meter and Evelyn Smith. Last row (L to R): Jodi Cockerill Kirk, Norman Merritt, Bill Holley, Clinton Gilmore and Harold Thompson.


The Washington High School Class of 1951 celebrated its 65th class reunion on Sept. 17 at the Staunton Fellowship Hall in Staunton.

Master of ceremonies Dick Hughes welcomed the classmates and asked if everyone had signed in at the registration table and if they had received their address booklet and information booklet, plus an ink pen which was inscribed with “The Class of 1951.” The booklets included information about our new high school and also the Washington School Apartments.

Dick then asked that they all be seated at the tables which had been decorated in our class colors of blue and white, with a star studded sparkly item and a blue ceramic lion on each table. The speakers’ table held a vase with red roses which was our class flower.

Invocation was given by master of ceremonies Dick Hughes and also we held a moment of silence prayer for our deceased members. We have lost 46 members. We had invited our last remaining teacher, Mrs. Marjorie Pensyl, who is at the Court House Manor Nursing Home. She was unable to attend, but said that she would love to see members of our class.

Everyone enjoyed the delicious buffet meal which was catered by Sarah Matter. After the meal, members gathered to have their group picture taken. We were hoping to go outside and stand around the 1912 Model T-Ford but it was getting too dark to take our picture.

We received a CD of the Washington High School Band so we play our fight song, “Go Washington” and our “Alma Mater.” We got the words to go with the songs so we could sing along.

Fifteen members had signed up to attend Friday night’s football game, but only four members were there. We enjoyed the game and the band. Hopefully next time we will have more to attend.

Members were presented with a diploma for their 83-plus years of living by the good standards set down by their parents, teachers and ministers. This was presented by our class officers and reunion committee.

The Washington High School Class of 1951 celebrated its 65th reunion recently. First row (L to R): Eleanor McFadden Howard, Esther Dean Johnson, Dr. David Sheidler, Mary Bryan Holley, Rozella Dowden McArther, and Harold Roberts. Second row (L to R): Dick Hughes, Barbara Thomas Smithson, Barbara Edwards White, Shirley Pyle Stackhouse, Ann James Blake, Isaac Bennett, Louise Sperry Van Meter and Evelyn Smith. Last row (L to R): Jodi Cockerill Kirk, Norman Merritt, Bill Holley, Clinton Gilmore and Harold Thompson.
http://recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_img466.jpgThe Washington High School Class of 1951 celebrated its 65th reunion recently. First row (L to R): Eleanor McFadden Howard, Esther Dean Johnson, Dr. David Sheidler, Mary Bryan Holley, Rozella Dowden McArther, and Harold Roberts. Second row (L to R): Dick Hughes, Barbara Thomas Smithson, Barbara Edwards White, Shirley Pyle Stackhouse, Ann James Blake, Isaac Bennett, Louise Sperry Van Meter and Evelyn Smith. Last row (L to R): Jodi Cockerill Kirk, Norman Merritt, Bill Holley, Clinton Gilmore and Harold Thompson.

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