CHS Alumni Association holds dinner, awards scholarships
CENTREVILLE — Some 19 scholarship awards were handed out at the annual dinner of the Centreville High School Alumni Association held May 7 in the cafeteria of Queen Anne’s County High School.
One of the largest crowds in years attended the event, welcomed by Alumni Vice President Bill Sharp, Class of ‘61, with the invocation given by the Rev. Howard J. Embert, Class of ‘61.
Association President Eugene N. Higgs, Class of ‘61, introduced guests and called on Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol Williamson for remarks. Williamson said how pleased she was to be on hand and said, “Do you realize I have been here all nine years serving as your superintendent?” She noted also that it wonderful the association can keep “those school memories alive.”
Each year, 10-year class reunions are recognized and class representatives from 1946, 1956 and 1966 spoke. The Class of ‘66 was the final group to graduate from CHS before the new high school was built. Recalling the Class of ‘46 was June Baker Collier, while Dell Samuel Foxx spoke for the Class of ‘56, and Carl Grayson Roe spoke for his Class of ‘66.
A highlight of the program was the presentation of the CHS Alumni Association Honoree of the Year, which was awarded to Jean Dukes Haymaker, Class of ‘51, a longtime member of the association and its scholarship committee chairperson for many years.
Besides being a graduate of CHS, she also graduated from Goldey-Beacom College and for 33 years was an administrative assistant for the Queen Anne’s County Extension Office. Active in volunteering, she is a member of the Junior Women’s Club, secretary-treasurer of the Queen Anne’s County Fair for 25 years, and treasurer of the Queen Anne’s County Soil Conservation Fund.
Topping the scholarship awards part of the program were three made possible by a generous endowment given by the late Dr. Elizabeth P. Hagen, Class of ‘32, some years ago. Delaney Leigh Ross, 2016 graduate of QACHS, received the $5,000 CHS Alumni Association Memorial Scholarship; Erin W. Walbert, 2014 graduate of QACHS, now attending Salisbury University, the $3,000 “Light Tomorrow With Today” scholarship; and Grayson S. Middleton, 2016 graduate of QACHS, accepted at University of Maryland, a $1,00 Elizabeth P. Hagen Class of 1932 scholarship.
More applause came from the audience for the following scholarship winners:
• $5,000 award from Class of ‘66 to Katherine B. Baldwin, 2015 graduate of Upper Arlington High, who lives in Columbus, Ohio. She was not present.
• $1,000 award from Class of ‘61 to Amber M. Williams, 2016 graduate of QACHS.
• $1,000 award from Class of ‘65 to Emily C. Mosley, 2015 graduate of Easton High School.
The remaining $1,000 scholarships came from the CHS Alumni Association and went to: Samantha A. Campbell, Lydia E. Chanaud, Lawrence E. Chanaud, Madison L. Green, Peter A. Heck, Tyler C. Schmidt and Zachary H. Schmidt, all 2016 graduates of Queen Anne’s County High; and Molly R. Davis and Rebekah A. Sinner, both 2016 graduates of Kent County High School; Morgan L. Kearney, currently a student at West Virginia University; Kristen E. Moore, a 2016 graduate of Smyrna High School; and Phillip D. Whitby, a 2016 graduate of North Caroline High School.
One of the requirements for awarding the scholarships by CHS Alumni Association is that the student has to be a descendant of a CHS graduate.
Scholarship winners at the Centreville High School Alumni Association annual dinner were, from left, front row: Lydia E. Chanaud, Erin M. Walbert, Kristen E. Moore, Rebekah A. Skinner, Madison L. Green, Amber M. Williams, Emily C. Mosley; back row: Samantha A. Campbell, Morgan L. Kearney, Phillip D. Whitby, Molly R. Davis, Delaney Leigh Ross, Lillian S. Ruth, Grayson S. Middleton, Tyler C. Schmidt and Zachary H. Schmidt.
William Hodgson, Class of ‘66, presents the Centreville High School Alumni Association Honoree of the Year award to Jean Dukes Haymaker, Class of ‘51.