Alumni association bids farewell to McCormick

The 75-year tradition of meeting at McCormick Middle School ended June 6 for the Wellington High School Alumni Association.

The group’s 139th gathering there was its last as the community prepares for the building to be razed and replaced.

The oldest alumnus attending was Louise Obrig Hostetler of Wakeman from the Class of 1938.

In all, 156 graduates and their guests attended. The Class of 2015 was represented by six members. The Class of 1965 was recognized as the Fifty Year Class and had 28 members present. Class of 1965 members Beverly Sugaski Dunn and James Farago reminisced about their days at WHS.

Andrew Bosley and Jennifer Loudin were the recipients of the WHS Alumni Scholarship. Winners of the Alice Andrus Scholarship were Jamie Bartolovich, Jordan Braden, and Rachael Kowalski. The Class of 1960 presented scholarships to Julia Marks and Kaylee Logar.

All of these individuals are from the WHS Class of 2015.

The officers for this year’s meeting were Katie Woods (1999), president; Juliann Bockmore Mariner (2008), first vice president; Jean Hartman Singley (1993), second vice president; Jim Farago (1965), treasurer; Samantha Dronsfield Stump (1994), permanent secretary; Ralph Wright (1964), recording secretary; Leslie Jones Simonson (1974), Jacque Bowman Woods (2006), Steven Diedrick (2005), executive committee; and Cindy Irish (1975) and Steven Diedrick (2005), newsletter editors.

Prior to 1940, the Alumni Association met in the Wellington Opera House located in the current Wellington town hall.

With the completion of the auditorium in the 1939 addition to Wellington High School, later to become the McCormick school, the association began meeting there.

When the Patricia Lindley Center for the Performing Arts is completed this year, the 140th annual WHS Alumni Association meeting will be held there.

Past alumni meetings in Wellington were a very formal affair. Gentlemen all wore suits and ties and the ladies wore formal gowns.

Bands were present and the attendees danced the night away, sometimes after a catered dinner.

Over the years the attire has become more casual. Speakers from honored classes (typically 25- and 50-year classes) along with vocalists and musicians from the current graduating class now provide the entertainment.