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Chad Ennis to speak at Van-Far Alumni and Friends dinner

Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Chad Ennis

Chad Ennis

The Van-Far Alumni and Friends Association is pleased to announce that Chad Ennis, a 1995 Van-Far High School graduate, will be the guest speaker at its annual dinner scheduled for Sunday, September 25.
The Alumni and Friends Association is planning the dinner for alumni and friends of Vandalia High School, Farber High School, and Van-Far High School for September 25 at Van-Far High School.
The schedule of events will begin at 11:15 a.m. when tours of the building will be led by Van-Far students to provide guests an opportunity to see changes made in the Van-Far building since their graduation dates. Registration and a social hour will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the smoked pork chop and chicken lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.
Tickets, at a cost of $20 per guest, will be available after August 1, at the Van-Far High School office, Craig’s Truck and Tractor, or by calling 594-3308.
The ticket price covers the cost of the meal and expenses, with the remainder going to the Alumni Scholarship Fund.
Chad Ennis, a 1995 graduate of Van-Far, will be the after-dinner speaker. After graduating from Van- Far, Chad graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Chemical Engineering and then worked in the oil industry in southern Texas for several years before entering the University of Texas Law School in Austin, Texas. Upon completion of law school, Chad served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After leaving this position, he joined the Bracewell Law Firm in Austin, Texas where he is senior counsel working as a registered patent attorney who focuses his practice on intellectual property.  He litigates before the federal district courts and the Federal Circuit. He primarily litigates disputes related to patents and helps clients to secure patents, copyrights, and trademarks before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Copyright Office. His litigation experience includes jury trials, arbitration panels, and appeals. Chad represents clients in the technology sector, including those involved in energy, chemistry, wireless communication, computer software and hardware, computer process manufacturing, wind turbine generators, pharmaceuticals, and graphics processing.
Chad is the son of Phil and Sheila Ennis, of Vandalia, and brother of Amy Childs, also of Vandalia. He is married to the former Jamie Forbis, of New London. They are the parents of three children; Sam, Sloane, and Isla. The family resides in Austin, Texas.
The Van-Far Alumni and Friends Association Dinner is being held the weekend of Vandalia’s Prairie Days and will provide a great opportunity for community members and visitors to re-connect and visit with classmates and friends. Several classes have planned reunion events in connection with the dinner and tables will be reserved for those groups wishing to be seated together.
Graduating classes ending in the numerals one and six will be recognized and honored. Students receiving $500 scholarships for the 2015-16 school year will also be honored and include:  Marissa Cox, Renee Nelson, Dalton Buie, Hailey Hopke as winners of the Shirley Forgy Scholarship; and Melissa Orr, recipient of the $5,000 four year renewable Cindy McKee Pirch scholarship.
Since its organization eight years ago, the Van-Far Alumni Association has awarded twenty-five $500 scholarships to Van-Far graduates and to students having completed at least one year of college or technical school. Beginning with the 2012 graduating class, one renewable (for four years) $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually.                       The scholarships are made possible by donations from community members and organizations, proceeds from the Alumni Dinner, and from an endowment fund established by an anonymous family with ties to Van-Far. All winners of scholarships are listed on a permanent plaque in the front hallway of the building.
The Alumni has also contributed various items to the school system including chairs and banquet tables and has been active in recognizing alumni at Homecoming.
Entertainment for the afternoon will be provided by a group of Van-Far Alumni and Teachers who, by popular demand, are making an encore appearance.
Among the goals of the Alumni Association are to provide opportunities for alumni and friends to connect with each other, to celebrate reunions, and to support the Van-Far School District and its students.
This relaxed, social time provides an excellent opportunity to accomplish all of these goals while enjoying a good meal and exciting entertainment.
All Vandalia, Farber, and Van-Far graduates, friends and guests are cordially invited to attend the dinner to visit with old friends and meet new ones as well as to show support for Van-Far and its students.