The Valley Alumni Association held their annual banquet on the evening of Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the American Legion Post on Court Street in Portsmouth. Graduates representing eight decades from the 1940’s to the present were in attendance. Scott Rolfe, class of 1985 and current Valley Local Schools Superintendent, served as master of ceremonies. Chris Spencer, class of 1999, catered the dinner. Special recognition was given to the class of 1967 on the occasion of their fiftieth anniversary. Following the diner, Doc Roc and The Remedies provided music.
The Scholarship Committee was pleased to introduce their recipients for this year. David Adkins, member of the class of 1980 and Scholarship Committee Chair, introduced the recipients who will each receive a two thousand dollar scholarship to further their education. The scholarships were presented in memory of Alcie Barker, class of 1935. Alice was instrumental in forming the Alumni Association and its Scholarship Program and served in many capacities with the organization. Her contributions and presence are missed very much by everyone. Breanne Gahm is the daughter of Darren and Jill Gahm of Lucasville. She plans to attend Shawnee State University this fall and major in Biomedical Sciences. Leen Heresh is the daughter of Majdi and Jeanna Crabtree Heresh of Lucasville and Aniseh Elayyan of Jordan. Leen has enrolled in Shawnee State University for the fall and will major in Political Science. Sarah Slone is the daughter of Paul and Jennifer Slone of Lucasville. She will major in Occupational Therapy at Shawnee State University. Zach Martin is the son of Steve and Cathy Martin of McDermott. He will attend Shawnee State University this fall and major in Game Design and Development. Nathan Riehl is the son of Andy and Tracy Riehl of Lucasville. Nathan is going to pursue a degree in Accounting at Wright State Universily.
The Scholarship Committee was also pleased to present two students with Charles “Bud” Stambaugh academic scholarships. Connie, Bud’s widow, is honoring his memory by presenting each of the two recipients a five hundred dollar scholarship. Bud was a graduate of Valley High School and a long time member of the Lucasville community and is missed by his family and friends. The recipients of these awards were Leen Heresh and Sarah Slone.
The scholarship program is funded by the generous support of many donors throughout the year as well as the profit from the banquet. Contributions are received in memory or honor of individuals from their family and friends. The collection for the scholarship fund at the banquet raised over one thousand eight hundred dollars.
The Alumni Association holds their banquet each year the last Saturday in June. Reservation forms for the 2018 Banquet will be available through the alumni section of the Valley Local Schools website at www.valleyls.org. Contributions to the scholarship fund in honor or in memory of someone are always welcome throughout the year. If you would like to make a donation, please contact David Adkins at (740) 259-2852 or Linda Fraley at (740) 259-4044.