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Hello Hornets:

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1. FOUNDATION NAMES 2004 ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT. We are very proud to report that Dennis Felton (81) has been selected as the recipient of the Foundation's 2004 Alumni Achievement Award. Dennis is currently the head coach of the University of Georgia men's basketball team, following a very successful five-year term as head coach at Western Kentucky University. Dennis was hired to lead the WKU team at a time when it was very troubled, and he quickly turned that program around and made it the best team in the Sun Belt Conference three years running, being the first coach in WKU history to take the team to the NCAA tournament three years in a row. Dennis also emphasized his players' academic performance, with 100% of his players graduating (all but two, that he inherited, earning their degrees on time). Dennis earned a nationwide reputation as a coach who could inspire both winning performance and academic excellence, while instilling integrity to a major college athletic program. UGA Athletic Director Vince Dooley has stated that "Dennis is a man of integrity, an exceptional communicator and teacher and family man."

Dennis' bio on the UGA web site
notes that he got his coaching start at Oxon Hill High School, moving on to Charles County C.C., and then to a series of university coaching positions. Dennis' bio also notes that Dennis was a star athlete at Surrattsville!

We congratulate Dennis on his extraordinary career achievements and on his selection as Achievement Award recipient! (A photo and more information can be found at the web site at

Dennis joins this illustrious list of past Foundation Achievement Award
recipients: Mike Miller (60), Gerald Pickeral (Building Superintendent since 1963), Charlie Cooper (52), Mary Kucharski (76), Gordon Hawkins (76), Roberta Padgett Taylor (53), Kevin Fitzgerald (71) and Bob Marr (71). All of these outstanding members of the Surrattsville community are featured on the Foundation's web site.

2. SURRATTSTOCK PERFORMERS ANNOUNCE SUMMER SCHEDULE. Surrattstock performers The Back Pages Band are happy to announce their summer performance schedule which is posted on their web site at This coming Friday, May 7, at 7 p.m., the Band will be re-opening the previously closed Montgomery County Parks & Rec Performance Theater at 4010 Randolph Road near the intersection of Viers Mill and Randolph Roads. This is a free concert in a lovely and comfortable venue. (The Band consists of Roger Owens (73), Mike Mello (Bishop McNamara '71), Joe Stanisha, and yours truly.)

3. FOUNDATION PLANS ANNUAL RIDE. The Foundation has scheduled its annual Motorcycle (and car and dune buggy) Ride for Saturday June 27, leaving the School parking lot promptly at 10 a.m. This year's Ride will make its way to Annapolis, through the back roads of Prince George's and Anne Arundel Counties. These Rides have been great fun, so please join us if you'd like a nice ride in the country and a pleasant lunch. (In the event of inclement weather, call 410-321-9350 the morning of the Ride.)

4. 2K5 EVENTS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Believe it or not, we're in heavy preparations for the sure-to-be-extraordinary June 23 - June 26, 2005 All Classes/Faculty/Staff Reunion events. The tentative schedule for these Thursday through Sunday events is reprinted below and can be found on the Foundation's web site at Please reserve that weekend on your calendars, start thinking about your travel plans, and plan to order your tickets early. (All of the Y2K events sold-out, and the 2K5 events are likely to be even more popular.) Also, please reach out to your friends and relatives who are members of the Surrattsville community who might not receive these e-Notices and let them know about the 2005 events.

We're looking for volunteers for the following very important 2K5 tasks, so please send an email to me at if you'd like to
volunteer: "Old School" Open House Coordinator, Martin's Catering Coordinator, Photo Book Company Coordinator, Golf Outing Coordinator, Main Event Decorations, Surrattstock II Decorations, Surrattstock II Refreshments, Sock-Hop Decorations, Sock-Hop Refreshments, and "Miscellaneous".

Also, please contact your Class's ORC ("Official Reunion Contact") to find out if your Class plans to have any "Class-specific" events on Friday night or Sunday during the 2K5 weekend. (For example, Leslie St.
Clair (70),, has already begun working on the Classes of 70 and 71 thirty-five year reunion event for Friday June 24,
2005 that also is inviting surrounding "late 60s/early 70s" class members who don't have their own events. Please contact Leslie if you're interested in this event)

It'll be interesting to see if the 2K5 events can be even more extraordinary than the Y2K events!

5. CLASS OF 1974 PLANS 2005 REUNION. I received this email from Class of 74 ORC Lauren Foley: "To the Class of 74 - After a random poll of some close friends from the Class of 74, we thought it would be a great idea to incorporate our 30th Class Reunion in with the Surratts June 2005 Events. That will give us all a chance to join in the festivities of the 2005 Events and catch up with old friends from other classes.

If you attended the Y2K Events, you know what a fantastic time we all had and it will make it that much more rewarding to add our 30th Reunion into the mix! I would love to hear from anyone from the Class of 74 that is interested in voicing their opinion with suggestions or comments on our 30th Reunion. Also, it would be very helpful to get your e-mail addresses so that we can keep you up to date on the plans. The e-mail addresses can be sent to me at As a lot of you know, our 20th Reunion was a huge success and we hope that the 30th will be successful as well. Only you can make it that way. I'm looking forward to hearing from you all and if anyone would like to volunteer to be on the committee, please let me know. Keep watching the Surratts News e-Notices for more information and further updates. Thanks....and see you in June 2005!!!! Lauren"

6. MISSING HORNET SOUGHT. I included this interesting email in the last e-Notice, but gave an incorrect email address for Nancy. Can anyone help Nancy's Mom with her search? "Hi Henry: My Mom, Deva Loweth, just celebrated her 90th birthday. She said she sure would like to get in touch with the daughter of a very good friend (now deceased).
The daughter is Cheryl Peterson who graduated between 1973 and 1975.
Her mother was Margaret Peterson White. If anyone knows of Cheryl's whereabouts please let me know. Thanks, Nancy Loweth Siehl (57),"

7. MORE MUSICAL STORIES FROM THE SOUTHERN MD CONCERT BAND. I received this nice email from another musical protege of Butch Mortimer (57):
"Hi Henry: Thanks for the great email updates! It really is interesting to hear about other Surrattsville graduates and great tidbits of Clinton history. I am the "younger" SHS grad that Laurie Martin Roberts (74) said joined the SMCB. It is great playing again!

It has been a huge treat for me since Butch has actually been playing in the trumpet section as well as directing. He really can play the way he demanded of his students. Dale Edwards Dorr (89)"

8. OLDEST MAN APPARENTLY NOT SO OLD. Proving that you shouldn't believe everything your read in the newspaper, I received this email from one of our readers: "Dear Mr. Smith: I'm sure you've received other replies on the "William Coates, Oldest Man" story by now. But I will add mine. He was not 114; it was determined later that he was about 89. I had my doubts when I first saw the article (in his picture he did not appear to be 100+ and the ages of his children indicated that he started his family late in life). This was later confirmed by a group that track people over 100. The article on his real age also appeared in the newspaper after his death. Lee"

9. HORNET HOOPSTER PUBLISHES FIRST NOVEL. I received this email from Norman Carmichael (65), member of the legendary 1965 State Champion Hornet boys basketball team: "Hi Henry: ... I had my first novel published a few weeks ago. Titled "The Founders", it is an international thriller. It has received some very nice reviews so far, and it is available on-line from Authorhouse (the publisher), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. It can also be ordered personalized by the author (ummm, me) by going to (a web site that is under construction but should be completed before the end of the week).
My best, Norman"

I visited Norm's great web site, and I'm proud to say it mentions his Surrattsville roots. Norm's book sounds like a great read, especially with the summer thriller season coming on. I'm anxious to see if there are any veiled Surrattsville references in that novel generally set in Barcelona!

10. AFJROTC PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT. I received this email from D.D.
Hanson (05): "Hi Henry: In connection with an event we are planning, we are looking for Class of 94 graduates who had a key role in the AFJROTC Program, and for members of the AFJROTC Program from previous years. Could you ask them to contact me at
Thanks, D.D." Best of luck to Surrattsville's award-winning AFJROTC program with this event!

11. HORNET CELEBRATES PARENTS' ANNIVERSARY AND A BIRTHDAY. I received this joyful email from Stephen McGovern (61): "Dear Henry: I just wanted to let those that know our parents, Marshall and Virginia McGovern, had their 63rd wedding anniversary on April 12, 2004. I also celebrated my 61st birthday on March 29, and I was a '61 Hornet!

Congratulations to Stephen's parents, and many happy returns to Stephen and the other members of the Class of 61 -- the first to graduate from the "New School", I believe -- who must also be turning 61 this year!

12. NAME THOSE SOFTBALL PLAYERS! Don Dahl (54) sent a great photo, now on the Photos page of the Foundation's web site at, of his phys ed softball team from 1953. Please let me know if you can identify any of the young men pictured with Don in that photo.

I hope you've all had the lovely weather we've had recently here in Maryland!

Best regards, Henry Smith (71),

-- Tentative Schedule as of May 1, 2004 --


June 2005 All Classes/Faculty/Staff Events

1. Thursday June 23 "Surrattstock II"
Multi-purpose room
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

2. Friday June 24 Golf Outing
Andrews AFB
Time TBD

3. Friday June 24 Evening Class-Specific Events

4. Saturday June 25 All Classes/Faculty/Staff Picnic and School
Open House
"New School" (and "Old School" Open House)
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Catering by Martin's

5. Saturday June 25 Sock-Hop with the Fabulous Hubcaps
Multi-purpose room
7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

6. Sunday June 26 Motorcycle (and Car) Ride to Point Lookout
Leaves School parking lot 10 a.m. sharp

7. Sunday June 26 Afternoon Class-Specific Events


Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Bob Marr (71)
Bill Harris (71), in Memory of Debbie Harris (71)



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