The Green High School Alumni Association recently hosted the annual GHS Alumni Banquet at the Green High School gymnasium in Franklin Furnace, Ohio.
This year, the Alumni gave out a record $4,000 in scholarships.
Alumni Vice President Rick Williams presented the $1,000 merit-based scholarships. Kaylynn Blizzard and Courtney Hammond were awarded the GHS Alumni Scholarships.
Tanner Baldridge received the Dr. Randy Otworth Alumni Scholarship while Peyton Armstrong was awarded the Roger Gustin Memorial Vocational Scholarship named in honor of 1957 GHS grad, Gustin, the late, great GHS Hall of Fame member and an internationally known IHRA Hall of Fame jet car driver who helped pioneer the sport of jet car racing.
Laikyn Johnson was awarded the Harold Herron Bobcat Spirit Award given to the GHS senior with the most community service hours. Johnson had 160 hours of community service. Other top service learning students were also honored: Kaylynn Blizzard with 145 hours; Lexie Ruark with 130; Keeley Wilburn with 118 and Tanner Baldridge with 104 hours.
In total, 27 service learning students had more than 1,500 service hours this past year.
Inducted into the GHS Hall of Fame was 1975 GHS graduate and the owner of Franklin Furnace Pharmacy, Marty Russell.
Special guests at the banquet included three members of the Class of 1947 celebrating their 70th reunion. Those graduates were Edith Daniels, Lola Tufts and Omedia Bailey Howell, who also was the founder of Green’s all-class reunion.
Also honored was retired teacher Mrs. Jean Butler. Butler, who taught for 39 years, spent 17 years teaching at Green Local Schools. Retired for the past 31 years, Butler, who will be 89 this year, has spent her retirement writing and teaching history. She has authored 19 books on local history and genealogy and has given some 700 history talks since retiring at area libraries, bookstores and senior centers.
The banquet also honored the classes of 1957, 1967, 1977 each of which had special anniversary years.
Providing entertainment at the banquet was a trio of young talent at the high school. The winner was singer Katherine Skipworth. Second place went to eighth grader and multi-instrumentalist Joel Caniff, who played a bari sax song. Third place went to magician Tanner Baldridge.
GHS Alumni Secretary Tammie Davisson Niemer and alumni president Dave Lavender were elected to two-year terms to serve as Alumni Officers.
Those officers also include: Rick Williams, vice president and co-treasurers, Freida Gleim Otworth and Heather Russell.
Davisson Niemer thanked the banquet’s main sponsors such as G&J Pepsi Cola Bottling Company for providing all drinks, as well as Mark Reynolds, and the dozens of graduates, as well as local businesses that contributed to either the scholarship fund or the silent auction.
For more information on the reunion, check out the Green High School Alumni Facebook page.
To find out how you can get involved, donate to the scholarship fund, or nominate someone for the Hall of Fame, email GHS alum association members Dave Lavender at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tammie Niemer at Tammie.Niemer@kdmc.kdhs.us. You can also call 304-710-6017 with questions.