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Page 2B -- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder -- Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004 1 DOOR TO THE PAST - If the photos adorning the door of the old Glenville Post Office are any indication, the weekend of June 27- 28, 2003, offered former students a door to the past and a chance to meet with old friends who share the common denominator of having been part of the Red Terror that was Glenville High School between 1930 and 1968. CONSIDERING THE WEEKEND TO COME - Margaret Ann Miller Goodwin and Peggy Brown Kight (right) are bright-eyed and ready to get the reunion festivities started. By the end of the weekend June 27- 28, 2003, more than 150 former Glenville High School students had made their appearances at the reunion's Friday evening "Pow Wow," organized by the Red Terror Alumni Association and held at the Gilmer County Senior Center. As far as having fun, enjoying each other's company and remembering the Golden Day of Red Terror glory, the alumni of the old Glenville High School are hard to beat. In fact, over 250 alumni and friends of the old, now-eliminated through consolidation Glenville, West Vir- ginia high school meet once a year to reminisce about their"good ole school days," to make new or renew old friendships, and to break bread to- gether in the town they grew up in. In 2003, their gala Annual Glenville High School Reunion weekend took place at the Gilmer County Senior Center and Glenville State College on Friday and Saturday evenings, June 27-28, respectively. Friday evening's events Starting at 7 p.m. on Fri., June 27, many of the visiting GHS alumni came in a day early in order to make a more fun-filled weekend. Attending the festively decorated Opening Reception at the Gilmer County Senior Center at Hays City, they walked around several tables made up by the Reunion Committee. What they saw brought back many fond memories of their "Golden School Days" at the Old Glenville High. The tables were well-stocked with memorabilia of the school and its many classes, including many vin- tage pieties and faded, yet readable newspaper articles. In general, class- mates, friends, and their families sat around the tables and 'caught-up on conversations long interrupted by the passing of time. After three-to-four hours of social- izing in the more formal setting, many of the alumni continued their reminis- cences in the Conrad's informal Park- ing Lot and around the motel. Saturday's activities Although many alumni took ad- vantage of tours of the newly revital- ized Glenville State College and/or visiting old friends in Gilmer County, the major GHS Alumni activity for the day took place early that evening. It was the annual Alumni Banquet. In the presidential address in GSC's Heflin Center Ballroom on that Sat., June 28, Mr. Bill Gainer (Class of 1959), of Parkersburg, enumerated many achievements of the Glenville High School Alumni Association dur- ing this past year. "We've essentially been able to build on what Margaret Ann Miller Goodwin (immediate past president) and her predecessors got started years ago," he went on to outline. President Gainer stresses that the GHS Alumni Scholarship Fund has grown to over $72,000 during the year. In addition, Glenville State has provided storage space for the now- closed high school's memorabilia. "k: CHEERLEADING UNIFORM- This beautifully preserved relic no doubt brought back many memories of past football games and the screaming cheers of "Go Red Terror! Go Red Teror!" from the cheerleading squad. The dress was provided by Mary Kay Jemison and reflects the modest styles of 1941. Most notably, the school's.website has been updated and upgraded, among other achievements, he said with a sense of pride. Finally and in conjunction with The Glenvi/le Democrat & Pathfinder, a special 12-page special edition of Glenville High's newspaper was printed last October. It was then cir- culated throughout Gilmer County and the surrounding areas at that time, and, at the Saturday banquet, distrib- uted to the alumni as they signed in at the Welcome Table in the Heflin Cen- ter. College scholarships As to the GHS Scholarship Fund, Chairman Bill Rhoades (Class of 1953) reports that contributed monies of $24,500 for the college educations of approximately 14 students with Glenville High School roots will be underwritten by the Association dur- ing the (now-in-progress) 2003-2004 academic year. Of those scholarship recipients, 12 are to attend Glenville State College and two, colleges else- where. Relative to the Class of 1953's gen- erous $25,000 fund-r'aising challenge to the other Red Terror classes, that Golden Jubilee Class actually con- tributed $26,650 during the year, with the other classes matching it with only $10,937, thereby leaving a bal- ance of $12,413 yet to be r~.ised to meet the Association's $50,000 goal. .'.s a result, Chairman Rhoades an- nounces that it's still not too late to contribute to this worthy cause. Checks for scholarships can be sent to: GHS Scholarship Fund, c/o Mr. Jesse Huff, 57Laurel Run Road, Cam- den, W. Va. 26338. Alumni of the Year In his regular, low-key fashion, Continued on page 7B SEEING WHAT'S IN STORE- Jean Miller Dewey sips a cool drink and has a look-see at the GHS meeting agenda before the ball gets rolling. MORE SPORTS MEMORABILIA - This Varsity jacket was on display with many other items of interest to former Red Terror athletes. For some of these former athletes, it was probably amusing to return after decades separated them and their glory d ys as football players and basketball stars. A( Et AI Ar Er Ar As As Rz B~ B~ C CP Bh Bc erl Bn Bn M Bu Jin A "R Ca Ed .,J Sh Oh h Gr, Co Ro AIn Co Jar Rq Co= Co~ Col Eul Jer "E PLENTY OF GREAT FOOD - While the main course on Friday evening was reminiscing, reunion goers had no fear of going hungry with a spread like the one pictured here. It's hard to imagine that any attendee was more concerned with eating than with catching up with old friends. ALL ON HER OWN - Carolyn Plum Yerkey in the rarest pose of the WARM WELCOMES - Tommy Luzader and GHSAA President Bill weekend: alone. She looks like she's recharging her batteries with a Gainer (seated, I-r) made sure everyone received a warm welcome at snack and something good to drink while others mill around waiting the registration table before entering the reception area at the Senior for old classmates and their spouses to arrive at the Friday evening Center. This gave the two men the advantage of knowing before Pow Wow. anyone else who would be gracing the reunion with their presence, and they seemed to be enjoying every minute of it. "SO NICE TO SEE YOUI" - Don and Mary Jean Ralston Barker (far left) stop off at a table of former classmates to say their hellos and SHARING MEMORIES - Jesse Huff (left) and Everett Ellison break perhaps catch up on what's new. Seated at the table (faceing camera, MAKING A POINT? - While her husband looks on, Bonnie Williams away from the throngs of reunion-goers to share a quiet moment of left to right) are Lucille Meadows Hardman, Patty Furr Hauman, Juanita (center) seems to be making an interesting point while Eluentin Stewart's reminiscing about their days as part of the Red Terror. Westfall, and Mary Casto Davis (back to camera.) wife listens attentively (to the right). I I IIII TOt Jes,= dire ran invo S[ phot, Corc # Contributions for scholarships can be sent to: GHS Scholarship Fund, c/o Mr. Jesse Huff, Treasurer, 57 Laurel Run Road, Camden, W.Va. 26338