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GHS celebrates 100 years

Over one hundred and twenty alumni and guests of Gassaway High School gathered at the Days Inn Conference Center in Flatwoods on Saturday, July 2 to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of their beloved school. The 29th GHS Alumni Reunion Banquet was back on track after a two-year hyatus due to COVID.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation by Jarrett Frame, Class of 1969-the last GHS graduating class. Frame’s slide and narrative covered the inception and early years of Gassaway High School. He outlined how the Otter District voters approved a bond to build GHS which was completed in 1922. The cost of the original building was $100,000. Frame also noted that Holly, Birch, Otter and Salt Lick Districts each had their own Boards of Education. The presentation received rave reviews as guest reminisce about their days waking the halls of GHS.

The evening began with a welcome by Barbara Adams, Class of 1967, and President of the GHS Alumni Association. Dr. Kenna Seal, Class of 1962, served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Before dinner, Jack Vankirk, Class of 1966, gave an invocation.

The program, in addition to Frame’s presentation, included introduction of GHS faculty present, remembering the deceased, a report on the alumni scholarship fund by Nancy Carr, Class of 1967, and GHS Alumni Treasurer, as well as introduction of the scholarship recipients who were present, by Jill James, Class of 1962. Those receiving scholarships this year included Jesse Flint, Carly Given, Dalton Hardway, Hailey King and Andrew Pritt.

The evening concluded with the announcement of Silent Auction and Door Prize winners, the singing of the School Song, led by Barbara Huffman, the benediction by Jack Vankirk.