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Maxine Troxell

The Annual Thurmont High School Alumni Banquet was held June 1, 2019, at the Thurmont Event Complex. 

President Howard Lewis (Class of 1960), who replaced the late Don Dougherty as president, served as master of ceremonies.

The ceremonies opened with the singing of the “National Anthem,” followed by a delicious meal, served by the Thurmont Ambulance Company.

Eugene Long, Class of 1944, was the oldest in attendance. The person traveling the longest distance was Barbara Davies Watts from Fort Rose, Texas.

Scholarships are an important part of the alumni’s purpose: supporting continuing education.  Six scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors who have a relative that attended Thurmont High School. This year’s recipients were: Mackenzie Anders (Middletown HS)—Roy Anders (1961); Cameron Baumgardner (Catoctin HS)—Sharon Bennett (1970), Nancy Hill (1971), John Fink(1950); Ryan Bollinger (Frederick HS)—Sterling Bollinger (1946); Carly Crone (Catoctin HS)—Roger Clem (1957); Lucy Estep (Catoctin HS)—Terry Blickenstaff (THS*CHS 1969); Sydney Zentz (Catoctin HS)—Chester T. Zentz, Jr. (1951) and Jean L. (Tressler) Zentz (1955).

Donna Fisher and Dominick Massett were in attendance, representing former teachers. Former alumni officers were recognized and thanked; those who served in the military were also recognized and thanked.

Honor classes represented were from 1944, 1954, 1959, 1964, and 1969.

Recognition and thanks are extended to the many businesses who donated door prizes for the banquet. Next year’s banquet will be held on June 13, 2020.  Anniversary years will be those ending in 5 and 0.

Photos by Maxine Troxell

Thurmont High School Class of 1944

Picutred is Gene Long.

Thurmont High School Class of 1954

Pictured: (back row) Jim Moser, Connie Horn, Jim Freeze, Rau Fry, Russell Long, Buddy Bostian; (front row) Linda Fogle, Lois Griffith, Dollie Sanders, Lottie Bostian, and Irene Miller.

Thurmont High School Class of 1959

Pictured: (back row) Jim Baker, Kenny Fraley, Ray May, Deanna Shuff, Joe Fleagle, Ron Boller, Harvey Gearhart; (middle row) Barbara Campbell, Geneva Coren, Sandy Moser; (front fow) Janet Brown, Ruth Ann Miller, LaRue Beckley, Nancy Andrew, Glenna Willhide.

Thurmont High School Class of 1964

Pictured: (back row) Ann Miller, Jo Ellen Middle, Patsy Manahan, Barb Watts, Jim Fraley, Carolyn Fraley, Darlene Six, Joan Freeze; (front row) Connie Fream, Judy Vonn, Nancy Turner, Ethel Alexander Brauer, and Beverly Weddle.

Thurmont High School Class of 1969

Pictured: (back row) Daniel Walter, Daniel Delauter, Robert Black, David Delaire; (middle row) Terry Black, Deb Fogle, Martha Matthews, Mary Jane Putnam; (front row) Linda Redmond, Christina Laughman, Wayne Wireman, Joyce Marshall, and Lottie Twigg.

Theresa Dardanell

Thurmont High School alumni, along with spouses and guests, gathered together on June 3, 2017, at the Lewistown Fire Hall for their annual banquet. Over 220 people enjoyed a delicious turkey and fried shrimp dinner, served by the Lewistown Volunteer Fire Company. Alumni Association President Don Dougherty (class of 1969) began with a welcome and the Pledge to the Flag. Addison Eyler, eighth-grade student at Thurmont Middle School, sang the “Star-Spangled Banner” and, during dinner, performed the song “Good Morning Baltimore” from the musical Hairspray.

Former Thurmont High School teachers, Donna Fisher, Mary Fisher, Dominic Massett, Gail Slezak, and John Zink, were introduced. They thanked the members of the association for the invitation and for the chance to meet with their former students.

Viola Noffsinger (class of 1958) presented the secretary’s report, and Becky Linton (class of 1958) gave the treasurer’s report. Noffsinger, Linton, and Dougherty will continue in their current positions as officers for the upcoming year.

Matt Wiley (class of 1967), member of the Community Foundation Board of Trustees, provided information about the foundation and the scholarship fund. The 2017 scholarship recipients are Alexi Baumgardner, Athena Fream, Courtney Orndorff, and Meagan Mongold. Relatives of Thurmont High School alumni are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Special anniversary classes were recognized. Members of the graduating classes in the years 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, and 1972 were introduced. One speaker for each group shared details about their class motto, class colors, and class flower. The 1962 women alumni, led by Judy (Coleman) Knott, sang the pep song “We are the Thurmont Girls” to rousing applause.

Prizes were awarded in several categories: Blanche Long Keilholtz (class of 1940), the oldest graduate, received a beautiful basket of flowers. Joanna Tschiffely (class of 1968) traveled 1900 miles from Fort Collins, Colorado. Susan Long Wireman (class of 1972) was the youngest person in attendance. Wireman and Tschiffely received gift certificates. Gift baskets, created by Carol (Gearhart) Long, with items donated by local businesses, were auctioned to raise money for the scholarship fund.

The first Thurmont High School graduation was held in 1916. The school was replaced in 1969 by Catoctin High School. Alumni celebrated the 100th anniversary of Thurmont High School last year. The next banquet will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Anniversary years ending in 3 and 8 will be recognized.

Ninety-four-year-old Blanche Long Keilholtz, the oldest graduate in attendance, along with Gene Long, Gloria Long Green, Harold Long, and Raymond Long.