2017 Alumni Banquet News & Scholarship Winners

Laurel Alumni Association Holds Festive 27th Annual Scholarship Banquet



The Laurel Fire Hall was filled to capacity with a sea of red and white on Saturday, May 20, as Laurel High School alumni from classes spanning 1935 to the present gathered at the Laurel Alumni Association’s 27th annual banquet.  

 

      The highlight of the night was the presentation of 11 scholarships totaling $24,000 to children of Alumni Association members.  The following students were recipients of the Laurel Alumni Association scholarships which have, for the second year, remained at $2,000:

 

BRANDON R. BRADSHAW, son of William (’80) and Amy Bradshaw of Laurel and a graduate of  Sussex Tech High School  received his Laurel Alumni Association scholarship in absentia.  Funding for the award came from the generous donations of LAA members.

 

NATALIE E. CULVER, daughter of Dean (’87) and Laurie Harrington Culver (’90), and granddaughter of Linda M. (’67) and Bruce (’65) Harrington all of Laurel, received her scholarship on behalf of the Class of 1967, whose donation was made in memory of its deceased classmates and in celebration of its 50th class reunion.  Natalie is a graduate of Laurel High School.

 

JESSICA M. EVANS, a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School and daughter of Jeffery (’86) and Tracy Evans of Laurel received her scholarship in memory of John “Jack” C. Cordrey.  The award was presented by Lois K. Cordrey, Jack’s widow and 1995-96 president of the Laurel Alumni Association.

 

TYANNA J. HANDY, of Laurel and the daughter of Tyrone and Anna Amy Puckham Handy (’83), was first honored to receive the LAA Scholarship as presented by Randy Lee and donated in memory of Charlie and Cora Rust by Mr. & Mrs. Gerald & Becky Rust Albers (’59).   TyAnna was additionally honored with the coveted Helen Kirk Deputy Ellis Scholarship as presented by Kendal T. Jones. 

 

ANTONIO JOHNSON, son of Nate Johnson and Beth Hitch and a graduate of Laurel High School was awarded the George Schollenberger Scholarship by Jim Yori (’59) on behalf of all the former members of teams that “Coach” molded into winners.   

 

HANNAH LAYTON,  daughter of Chad and Kelly (’90) Layton, attended Laurel High School.  This scholarship was donated in part by Mr. and Mrs. David H. Elliott in memory of B. Thomas and Bessie H. Elliott.

 

DOMINIC M. LONGO, was presented his LAA scholarship from President Randy Lee.   Dominic is a graduate of Sussex Tech High School and is the son of Mark and Gail (’81) Longo of Seaford.

 

JOSIAH A. LOWE, of Universal City, Texas, the son of David (’83) and Donya Lowe received the Laurel Alumni Association’s Past President’s Scholarship honoring Robert Watson, Class of ’62.  Accepting the award for Josiah was his grandmother,  Mary Lee Groton, ’62.

 

ALEXANDRA R. MORRIS, daughter of John (’76) and Stacia Morris, of Laurel, received her scholarship as donated by the Bank of Delmarva.  Alexandra is a graduate of Delmar High School with her award presented to her by LAA President Randy Lee.

 

MARISSA M. WALLS, a graduate of Laurel High, daughter of Chris (’89) and Marcy Walls (‘94), and granddaughter of Warren (’67) and Carol Benson, also received her scholarship on behalf of the Class of 1967, whose donation was made in memory of its past president, Barry W. Cooper.  Members of the Class of ’67, have spent the last 10 years making generous donations for these and other future scholarships.

 

     The classes of 1937, 1947, 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1992, 1997 and 2007 were recognized as Honored Classes at the banquet with class members introduced by Alumni Association President, Randy Lee.   

 

     A special guest was Laurel’s foreign exchange student from Iceland from the Class of 1967.  Augusta Helgadottir and her husband, Jon Karl Einarsson were enthusiastically welcomed back to Laurel by its alumni. “Gus” gave a heartfelt thank-you to her Class of 1967 classmates in attendance and also to the residents of Laurel who welcomed her so warmly to Laurel 50 years ago and again this week.

 

     Special awards were presented to: The oldest lady present- Doris Boyce (’35), 100 years old; Walter Hedges (’42), 92 years old; and, the Alumnus who travelled the farthest- Augusta Helgadottir, Iceland. The Class of 1967 received the award for the most members present with an outstanding 30 members!  Bill Jones (’68) won the cash raffle.

 

     Immediately after the awards, President Lee thanked the Alumni members for its dedicated support of the LAA during his tenure. “I am very proud to have served as the President of this amazing Alumni Association, Lee said. “All of the scholarship recipients tonight did an outstanding job in reflecting their thoughts and appreciation in the acceptance of their scholarships. I am confident that the LAA’s future is in good hands.”

 

     Lee introduced the new LAA President, Dr. Gary Owens (’67), who pledged to continue the growth and legacy of the Laurel Alumni Association.  

 

      The Officers and Board members of the Laurel Alumni Association would like to thank all of our members and banquet attendees for making this event such a success.  Special thanks go to the Laurel High School Class of 1967 for their interesting display of reunion memorabilia they've collected these past 50 years.   The evening ended with several raffle and 50/50 drawings, which included giving away several collectable, school-related glass pieces generously contributed by Mary Lee Jones, and Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Messick.  More details and pictures can be found on the Laurel Alumni Association’s Facebook page                                 ( http://bitly.com/Laurel_Bulldogs ) and in the next Laurel Alumni Association Newsletter due out in the beginning months of the year.

Cathy Parker, Class of ‘67

Past Laurel Alumni Association President


Shown above are the outstanding students to whom the Laurel Alumni Association was proud to present scholarships at its 2017 Alumni Association Banquet: From L-R: Marissa Walls, Natalie Culver, Hannah Layton, Antonio Johnson, Tyanna Handy, Alexandra Morris, Jessica Evans, Dominic Longo and the stand-in for Josiah Lowe, his grandmother, Mary Lee Groton.  Not present was Brandon Bradshaw. 

2015 Scholarship Banquet News & Scholarship Winners

posted Apr 30, 2010, 8:13 AM by Laurel Alumni Association   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 2:59 PM ]

Laurel Alumni Association Holds 25th Awards Banquet

            On May 16, 2015, the Laurel Alumni Association held its annual awards banquet at the Laurel Fire Hall.   There were a total of 14 scholarship awards given to 11 high school seniors – all children of Laurel Alumni Association members.  This year scholarships totaled $23,100, and brought the cumulative amount given by this 800+ member organization to over $491,000, since it was founded 25 years ago.  The banquet was attended by nearly 300 members and guests, and was officiated by current Laurel Alumni Association President, Janet A. Morgan who oversaw the presentation of  $1,500. scholarships to the following students.     

 LOGAN DOWNES, daughter of  Darrell (’81) & Lezlie Downes of Laurel, is a graduate of Sussex Tech   High School.  

 BRENDAN GRADY is a graduate of Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, PA where his parents, Christopher & Lori Ann (’81) Grady, call their home.  Brendan plans to attend Bucks County Community College.

 MORGAN HASTINGS is a Laurel  High School graduate and the daughter of Keith Hastings & Alison Price (’90) of Laurel.  Her scholarship was given on behalf of the Laurel High Class of 1960, with the award presented by Mr. Wayne Smith.   Morgan has plans to attend Delaware Technical & Community College this fall.

 ALAN LUBINIECKI, son of Shari Sheridan Lubiniecki  (’85) of Laurel, received the Laurel Alumni Scholarship on behalf of Avery and Helene Owens.  Dr. Gary Owens, in memory of his parents, presented Alan the award.  Alan is a graduate of Laurel High School and plans to attend  Delaware Technical & Community College.

 CONOR MATTHEWS, a graduate of Sussex Tech High School is the son of Anthony & Karen (’86) Matthews of Lewes, DE.  

KELSEY MULFORD, daughter of Ephraim & Donna (’85) Mulford of Laurel, is a graduate of Sussex Tech High School.  Kelsey has plans to attend the University of Delaware where she will major in cognitive science in her studies to become a speech pathologist.

 SHELBY MURPHY, received the Laurel Alumni Scholarship on behalf of contributor the Bank of Delmarva.  She is a graduate of Delmar High School and the daughter of Michael Murphy (’82) & Tracy Worster of Laurel.  Shelby has plans to attend ­­­­­­Washington College.

 EMMA SMITH of Glen Bernie, MD, is a graduate of Catholic High School in Baltimore.  She is the daughter of Robert (’86) & Dana Smith.  Emma’s scholarship was given in honor of past (2004-05) Laurel Alumni President , Kim Blackmore Littleton (’79).

 HUNTER VEAZEY, son of Klay (’89) & Wendy (’89) West of Laurel, is a graduate of Sussex Tech High School where he plans to continue his studies to become an electrician.  Hunter’s Laurel Alumni  Association was through a donation from the children of John Wiest and the Delaware Nursery and Landscaping Foundation.

 KATELIN WHALEY, a graduate of Salisbury Christian High School, received the Laurel Alumni Association scholarship donated by the David H. Elliott family in memory of B. Thomas and Bessie H. Elliott.  Mr. Elliott presented the award to Katelin.  She is the daughter of Scott (’86) & Kim Whaley of Laurel.           

 SARA JO WHALEY was presented the Laurel Alumni Association scholarship from Virginia Whaley on behalf of the family of Rep. Biff Lee and given in his memory.  Sara Jo is a graduate of Laurel High School and the daughter of Jeff (’80) & Susan (’84) Whaley of Laurel.  She will be attending Salisbury University in the fall.

In addition to the above, three special, merit-based scholarships were awarded to the following outstanding students in the amounts shown:  Helen Kirk Deputy Ellis Scholarship ($3,600) – to Sara Jo Whaley as presented by Kendal Jones; the George Schollenberger Scholarship ($1,500) – to Alan Lubiniecki as presented by LAA President Janet Morgan; and the Carolyn Calio Memorial Scholarship ($1,500) – to Morgan Hastings as presented by Carolyn’s daughter, Katrina Braham.

Incoming Laurel Alumni Association President, Scott Phillips (’67), presented outgoing President, Janet Allison Morgan (’72) a plaque of appreciation for all her hard work and dedication this past year.  Afterwards, certificates of  recognition to a number of distinguished members and groups.  They were:  Most Senior Lady Member – Sarah Marie Callaway Trivits (’39); Most Senior Gentleman – Jim Allen (’42); Traveled the Farthest – Donald Hill (’55) & Larry Hill (’58) (tie) 950 miles; and, Class with Most Attendees – LHS Class of 1965 (19 members).    Mr. Phillips then went on to introduce the other officers who will be joining him on the Alumni Association board next membership year.  They are: 1st Vice President - Randy Lee (’70); 2nd Vice President – Dr. Gary Owens (’67); Immediate Past President – Janet Morgan (’72); Recording Secretary – Virginia Whaley (’83); Corresponding Secretary – Janet Morgan (’72); Treasurer (General) – Dot Hickman (’57); Treasurer (Scholarship) – Katherine Henry (’45); and, Recording Historian – Cathy Parker (’67).  Continuing as Membership Chair will be Betsy Davis (’59); as Publicity/Social Media Chair is Matt Parker; while Tom Wright (’62) will maintain his duties as Scholarship Committee Chairman.

The Officers and Board members of the Laurel Alumni Association would like to thank all of our members and banquet attendees for making this event such a success.  Special thanks go to the Laurel Historical Society for their excellent display of school artifacts which drew everyone’s attention.   The evening ended with several raffle and 50/50 drawings, which included giving away several collectable, school-related glass pieces generously contributed by Mary Lee Jones, and Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Messick.  More details and pictures can be found on the Laurel Alumni Association’s Facebook page ( http://bitly.com/Laurel_Bulldogs ) and in the next Laurel Alumni Association Newsletter due out near year’s end.

Shown above are the outstanding students to whom the Laurel Alumni Association was proud to present scholarships at its 2015, Alumni Association Banquet: L-R: Katelin Whaley, Emma Smith, Connor Matthews, Hunter Veazey, Alan Lubiniecki, Sara Jo Whaley, Kelsey Mulford, Logan Downes, Morgan Hastings, and Shelby Murphy.  Absent from photo was Brendan Grady.

Shown above are the outstanding students to whom the Laurel Alumni Association was proud to present scholarships at its 2015, Alumni Association Banquet:

L-R: Katelin Whaley, Emma Smith, Connor Matthews, Hunter Veazey, Alan Lubiniecki, Sara Jo Whaley, Kelsey Mulford, Logan Downes, Morgan Hastings, and Shelby Murphy.  Absent from photo was Brendan Grady.

posted Mar 21, 2010, 3:14 PM by Anthony Prisco   [ updated Apr 21, 2010, 6:42 AM by Laurel Alumni Association ]

Annual Newsletters

posted Mar 21, 2010, 2:25 PM by Anthony Prisco   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 12:55 PM by Laurel Alumni Association ]

The Laurel Alumni Association publishes one annual newsletter per year.  In recent years they have been released in the beginning months of the calendar year and cover reunions, financial reports, donations and (sadly) member deaths of the previous membership year.   In this fashion, the 2014 LAA Newsletter, released in February 2015, covers the membership year that extends from July 2013 to June 2014.   Articles, pictures and submissions relating to Laurel High alumni classes and individuals (including reunion information, please!) should be sent to Scott Phillips, 2015-16 LAA President (and Newsletter Editor) at scottdt21@gmail.com, or call (302)28-9825, if questions.  Please note that it is the LAA policy to generally limit reunion photos to those in honored classes celebrating the following reunions: 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70. 

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