EHS class of 1972 hosts reunion

Submitted photo Class members in attendance were: (front row) Sharon White Brake, Sharon McCauley Cross, Warren Coontz, Cynthia Giambrone Coontz, Joan Antolini Phillips, Regina Lothes Oldaker, Jenny Rennix Gear, Maude Moore, Franny Mams King, Debbie Rosencrance Davis, Kitty Warner Ball, Libby McGee, Lynne Rice Petrosky and Jean Cooper Lambert; second row, David Howell, Steve Haddix, Linda Richards Moore, Mike Knicely, Becky Wamsley Kirkpatrick, Jim Spears, Judy Romine Kittle, Bob Conway, Mike Leombruno, Dave Fincham, Kevin Widney, Harold Gainer, Calvin Hart, Jim Davis, Jeff McDowell, Leon Mallow and Jim Leary. Not pictured, Frank Day and Lorraine Chilgren.

The Elkins High School class of 1972 held their 50th year reunion on June 17-18 with 34 classmates and 19 guests participating in the weekend activities.

On Friday evening, an informal gathering was held at Jimbo’s Place in Elkins. On Saturday, graduates and guests spent the day at the Agricultural Complex at Camp Pioneer near Beverly. Throughout the afternoon, much reminiscing, conversation and laughter took place.

Some chose to compete in games of cornhole. A delicious catered picnic buffet was provided by George “Pap” Lothes in the early evening. Following dinner, class member Jim Leary served as emcee for the evening’s events. Class members shared high school remembrances and stories of their past 50 years. An “EHS Trivia” time was held.

A silent auction containing items donated by class members helped raise funds for the Elkins High School Alumni Association.

A highlight of the evening was a memorial powerpoint and candle-lighting for the 38 class members, principal, and class sponsor who are deceased. The powerpoint was prepared by Sandy McDowell, wife of 1972 graduate, Jeff McDowell. Each classmate and guest received a glass plate displaying their senior picture or an image of EHS. These were made by class member Lynne Rice Petrosky. At the evening’s end, the 1972 graduates departed with heartfelt promises to stay in touch with each other.


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