CHS Alumni award scholarships
CENTREVILLE — Seven college scholarships were presented to high school seniors at the annual Centreville High School Alumni Association dinner held at Queen Anne’s County High School on May 13.
This reunion event has been going on for many years and has been enhanced with two larger scholarship awards from the estate of the late Dr. Elizabeth P. Hagen, a former CHS graduate.
Another highlight of the evening program was the naming of Tom Fleming, Class of ‘51, as the CHS Honoree of 2017.
Fleming served two fouryear terms as president of the CHS Alumni Association and is currently chairman of the Hagen Scholarship Fund. He got his Bachelor of Art degree from the University of Maryland in 1956, and married Virginia Lee Ewing, also from the Class of ‘51. They moved to Scarsdale, NY, and founded an international telecommunications consulting firm, and raised a family of five daughters and three sons. They returned to the Eastern Shore and both have become active in community groups.
The program was also highlighted by the recognition of 10-year and fiveyear reunion classes. Rev. Charles E. Covington Sr. talked of the 10-year reunion class of 1947, and Richard G. Skinner spoke for the class of 1957. Recognition of the five-year reunion classes of 1932, 1942, 1952 and 1962 was given by CHS Alumni president Eugene Higgs, Class of ‘66, which was the final class in the former high school.
Applause greeted each of the scholarship winners called to the head table. The $5,900 Elizabeth P. Hagen CHS Alumni Association Memorial scholarship went to Josephine Angela Wanner, a member of the Class of 2017 at Gunston School. The $4,000 Elizabeth P. Hagen “Light Tomorrow With Today” Scholarship went to Sterline Windham, a member of the Class of 2017 at the Charleston School of the Arts.
The $1,000 scholarships provided by the CHS Alumni Association members were presented to Kathryn A. Carter, Class of 2017, North Caroline High School; Samantha E. Davidson, Class of 2017, Easton High School; Kelsey J. Graef, Chase R. Klepper and Trent W. Riggs, all members of the Class of 2017, Queen Anne’s County High School.
Barbara Benton Sharp, Class of ‘61, read off the list of those CHS Alumni members who had died in the past year, including two former teachers, Catherine C. Cherry and Eleanor E. Ryman.
A lengthy history of the CHS, which was open from 1901 to 1966, was prepared by Patsy Dadds Mock, Class of ‘61, who is secretary of the association.
Other officers of the CHS Alumni Association are Bill Sharp, Class of ‘61, vice president; and Jane Powell Coppage, Class of ‘60, treasurer.
Scholarship winners at the Centreville High School Alumni Association dinner are, from left, front row, Samantha E. Davidson, Josephine Angela Wanner and Sterling Windham; back row, Chase R. Klepper and Trent W. Riggs. Winners not present: Kathryn A. Carter and Kelsey J. Graef.
Tom Fleming, Class of ‘51, the Centreville High School Honoree of 2017.