Ackerman School Reunion set for April 28

From press reports

Saturday, April 28, is the day and Ackerman High School campus will be the setting for former classmates, teachers, coaches, administrators and friends to gather for the fourteenth annual school reunion. The meeting begins in the Ty Cobb Complex at noon with registration and a silent auction until 2 pm. The program begins at 2 pm in the auditorium. The Ackerman School Reunion Group was organized in 1998 and is made up of former students, administrators and friends of AHS. The purpose of the annual meeting is renewing friendships and supporting the school. There is no cost for the event. We will hold a silent auction (from noon until 2 pm) in support of the Ackerman Reunion Scholarship Fund. Last year, the silent auction featured wood crafts, furniture, paintings, books, pottery, jewelry, a computer and more, with all proceeds going to support the annual Reunion Scholarship Fund. According to reunion president Hazel Crenshaw Garrett (1964), “We are looking for Ackerman alumni and friends who will donate items to the silent auction in support of our scholarships that will be awarded this year to four graduating seniors. Please bring your silent auction items to the Ty Cobb Complex by 12:00 pm (noon) on Saturday, April 28.” “Remember to come early this year for the silent auction, registration and fellowship. The auction and registration open at 12 noon and close at 2 pm as we begin our reunion program,” added Ackerman Reunion vice president Dick Burney (1958). “My favorite part of our annual reunion is the fellowship time enjoyed by all during the silent auction,” added Burney. The Ackerman School Reunion Scholarship Fund was established to provide annual scholarships to graduating seniors from Ackerman High School who plans to further his or her education in an academic or vocational institution of higher learning. The scholarships are nominated and selected by the faculty of Ackerman High School. According to Ackerman School Reunion founder Marion Smith, Sr. (1948), “The criteria of the scholarship award are based upon the student’s economic need and desire for furthering his/her education and training at a college or vocational institution. Additional considerations are the student’s outstanding moral character and reflect some of the following traits: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.” Smith added, “I hope that everyone will take pride in that the reunion group has now awarded 16 scholarships in recent years. We are pleased to report that four worthy scholarship recipients are being selected by the staff of AHS for this year. I urge all alumni and friends of Ackerman School to get involved in the silent auction and help us keep the scholarship project funded. We are in need of donated items and I hope that everyone will be generous in their bidding.” According to reunion president Hazel Garrett, “Last year we had 143 former students, faculty, and friends of Ackerman School from seven states who gathered at the Ty Cobb Complex for a time of renewing friendships and reconnecting with the current needs and goals of the School. We have alumni who faithfully attend and we continue to reach out to those as near as Ackerman in hopes to make this their first year.” Last year the AHS Class of 1961 was recognized at the event for highest attendance with 17 members present. “The annual Ackerman School Reunion is great fun with reminiscing and re-establishing friendships. I challenge all alumni to call a former classmate today and meet us at the reunion on Saturday, April 28,” added Garrett. Plans are being made around the general Ackerman School Reunion on April 28, for the 50th Reunion of the AHS Class of 1962. The committee needs your contact information ASAP: address, including email and phone numbers (if you have not been contacted already). Send your information to any of the following: Jerry Orr jerry.orr@ms.usda.gov, Peggy Bowie Henderson peggyhenderson@choctaw.k12.ms.us or Glynda Chaney Fulce glyndaf@dtcweb.net. When your contact information is received, a letter will be sent to you with the plans for the reunion. Please respond with your contact information even if you cannot attend the reunion. For more information about the Ackerman School Reunion, visit www.AckermanReunion.com.