Several past Van-Far students enjoyed their time together this past Sunday when attending the Van-Far Alumni All-School Reunion event held at the high school.
The event began with the “Singing Van-Far Teachers & Friends” providing the entertainment. Singers scheduled were Deanna Divins, Ruth Calcattera, Brenda Owens, Ruth Nation, with assistance of Trevor Winders.
Van-Far Alumni and Friends President Muriel Beshears gave the welcome remarks followed by the “Pledge of Allegiance” and “The Star Spangled Banner.” Students representing several decades of graduates were recognized during the event.
A special recognition was later made to Van-Far employees who worked at the district from between one and 50+ years.
Fowler Ennis, of Vandalia, gave the invocation.
Board member Jim Deppe gave the recognition of the scholarship winners.
The list includes:
• $500 Scholarships-Marissa Cox and Renee Nelson, both Class of 2016
• $500 Scholarships in memory of Shirley Forgy-Dalton Buie and Hailey Hopke, both Class of 2016
• $1,250 Four Year Renewable Scholarship-Madison Orr, Class of 2016
$500 Alumni Scholarship-Ryan Nelson, Class of 2013
Chad Ennis, Class of 1995, was the featured speaker. He is currently a senior counselor at Bracewell Attorneys.
He talked about his career in the work force.
The meal served featured a smoked pork chop and chicken catered dinner.