Alumni group awards scholarships
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce the deserving recipients of their $1,000 scholarship awards. At the Senior Awards ceremony at QACHS, Alumni Association Vice-President Pam (Clark) Edwards presented the awards to Callie Jo Benton (daughter of William Benton III, Class of 1980) and Chase Klepper (son of Virgil Klepper, Jr. and Susan (Dawkins) Klepper, Class of 1989). In addition to these graduating seniors, two scholarships were awarded to Rachel Poad (Class of 2015) and Nicholas Riley (Class of 2014), previous graduates of QACHS and members of the Alumni Association.
The annual scholarship application is open to current members of the QACHS Alumni Association or a direct descendant or a legally adopted descendant of a member of the QACHS Alumni Association. With the continued support of the Alumni Association members, the scholarship award program will expand and will be an annual highlight for the organization.
The QACHS Alumni Association was formally chartered in 2008. The Class of 1967 was the first class to graduate from QACHS. Since then more than 14,000 students have become alumni of the school. The organizing committee will expand its membership to include many of its local graduates as well as those who have moved beyond Queen Anne’s County. Every graduating class member is offered a free one-year membership in the QACHS Alumni Association.
The goals of the organization are to promote and support the educational and career development opportunities for graduates of QACHS and their direct descendants; to celebrate the education heritage afforded by the school, its teachers and administrators; and to further support the educational and developmental capacity provided by the school to its students and the community. The Alumni Association hopes to promote alumni participation in support of the school and its initiatives.
The QACHS Alumni Association sponsors numerous fundraising initiatives throughout the year and is accepting donations for scholarships or gifts to the school. The group will have an information and membership table at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Fair. The main fund-raising event is the Multi-Class reunion which was held July 8 this year at Red-Eye’s Dock Bar.
The Class of 2017 marks the 50th graduating class from Queen Anne’s County High School. To commemorate this milestone, the QACHS Alumni Association presented each graduating senior a 50th year pin to wear on their graduation gown. The same pin has been purchased for the Class of 1967 to wear at their 50th reunion. Several members of the Class of 1967 were at the graduation rehearsal for the pin presentation to the seniors.
Information regarding the QACHS Alumni Association may be found by visiting the official website at http:// qacps.schoolwires.net/domain/1572. Annual dues are $10 per person or $15 for alumni married couples. Alumni may also pay their membership due and donations on-line. To use this method of payment, log on to the website: www.qacps. org/domain/1572. Scroll down to and click onto the Chesapeake Charities link. Click on the “Donate Now” button and fill out the form that will open up.
Under the ‘Notes’ section, please indicate the individual name(s) and graduation year(s) of the alumni being covered under the payment. Also, if you are including a donation (Tribute), please use the “Notes” section to indicate the amount(s) and whether it is to be credited toward scholarships or gifts to the school.
The QACHS Alumni Association is now accepting membership payment for 2018.
Graduate Kendal Ringgold and members of the Class of 1967 all have their 50th year pins.
Scholarship recipients Callie Benton and Chase Klepper receive awards from Pam Edwards, QACHS Alumni Association vice-president.
Principal Amy Hudock recognized 10 members of the QACHS Class of 1967 during graduation ceremonies.
Kendal Ringgold with her 50th year pin.