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Hello Hornets:

Here are some items that might be of interest:

1.  FOUNDATION RECEIVES VERY SPECIAL RECOGNITION FROM NAACAP.  On June 15, the Foundation was honored at the NAACP's Hester V. King Freedom Fund dinner with an award for “Extraordinary Commitment to the Growth and Development of our Community."  Bob Ross, President of the Prince George’s County Chapter of the NAACP, presented the award, which was accepted by Foundation Board member Vicki Forsht Williams (65 and former faculty).  Vicki reported that "Mr. Ross, as was evident at the dinner, works tirelessly for the NAACP and has been a very productive leader of that organization. His involvement with the Surrattsville community has been just as energetic and productive. I felt very honored that the Foundation was recognized at such an important event."

Many thanks to the NAACP for this extraordinarily kind recognition of the work and mission of the Foundation!

2.  SEEKING INFORMATION ON EARLY FACULTY MEMBER Debbie Beckner sent this request:  "I'm trying to find information and a picture of Father Patrick G. Minnehan who may have been the original Latin teacher at Surrattsville.  The Father was the priest at both St. Mary's Catholic Church in Piscataway and St. John's Catholic Church in Clinton from 1891-1920's.  This is the information that has been provided to me so far: 'Father Minnehan is remembered as a hard working generous man.  In the early 1900s he was a member of the faculty of Surrattsville High School where he taught Latin.'  Could he have taught without being paid?  Any assistance you can provide will be greatly appreciated.  Debbie"

Please contact Debbie at if you have any information that might be helpful.

3.  CLASS OF 97 PLANS REUNIONThe Class of 97 15-year reunion will be held on August 12, 2012.  Tickets are $8 for adults and $2 for kids. The event location will be Cosca Regional Park in Clinton at Pavilion 1.  Please contact Monica Crown at for details or to purchase tickets.

4.  CLASSES OF 80 AND 81 PLAN REUNION.  The Classes of 80 and 81 are planning a reunion on September 22, 2012 from 3 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Izaak Walton League, 4200 Gardineer Road, Waldorf, MD 20601.  The event will feature the John Luskey Band and the Sam Grow Band.  The Classes will be updating the event page on Facebook with the cost and other details.  Contact Teresa Pepper at Teresa at for information.

5.  CLASS OF 82 PLANS REUNION.  The Class of 82 is beginning work on its 30 Year Reunion.  Please contact Scott Gavel at if you have any contact information on members of the Class of 82 or on members of their families.

6.  FOUNDATION FACEBOOK PRESENCE CONTINUES TO GROW The Foundation's Facebook Group – called "Surrattsville Alumni" – continues to grow, and is now approaching 1400 members.  This is a great, and free, way for folks to stay in touch.  Similarly, the Class-specific Facebook Groups – that have names like "Surrattsville 1971" (which now has well over 130 members!) and the like -- continue to grow.  Please consider joining the Surrattsville Alumni Group, and your own Class-specific Group, to get the latest news on alumni events.

7.  MANY NEW PHOTOS ON FOUNDATION WEBSITE.  There are a number of interesting new photos on the Foundation's website at, including photos of this year's Scholarship and Achievement Award recipients and photos of the Foundation's new Legacy Wall at the School.  If any of our readers have historical photos of the School we would love to have them for the Foundation's photo collection.

Here's hoping your summer is off to a great start and that you weren't hit too hard by the recent record-breaking storms!  Henry Smith (71)

In Memoriam

LEOLA E. STOUT, 90, passed away April 30, 2012. She was a devout Christian and will be missed by all who knew her.  She was the mother of five Surrattsville graduates: Ron Stout (67), Jim Stout (69), Ruth (Stout) Maitland (72), Janet Stout (74) and Bob Stout (76). She not only leaves behind her children but numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was buried beside her late husband, Francis Stout, at Arlington National Cemetery on June 27, 2012.



Patricia Becker Oles (71)
Steve Profilet (71)
Nancy Miller (67)
Bob Marr (71)
Debbie Cox Marr (72)
Elizabeth Lee Gleisberg May (78), In memory of loving parents Ray and Dorothy Gleisberg
Sandra Smith Simmons (70)
Donna Rae Sturtevant Smith (70), In memory of Lt. Col. Benja
Henry Smith (71), In memory of Lt. Col. Benjamin Norcia (USAF, Ret), long-time Surrattsville substitute teacher, and Mary A. Norcia
Tom Shultz (71), In memory of Earl and Charlotte Shultz
Duke Coleman (53), In memory of Donald England (53)
Kurt Aktug (88)
Linda Dorsey Blum (66)
Coach Lew Jenkins (former faculty)
Lawrence Romjue, In memory of Lois Marie Osgood (57), "Rubber ball," "bouncy-bouncy, "bouncy-bouncy," "Bobby Vee"
Tom and Sally Travis (72)
Valerie Mercier (73)
Vicky Simontacchi Young (57)
Vera Twigg
Melissa Gilcrest (69)
Thomas V. Mike Miller (60)
Judy Gordon (65), On the occasion of the 65 Hornets turning 65!
Judy Gordon (65), In memory of Linda Soper Mayes (65), Tom Saylor (65), Bill Talbert (65) and Vern Kennedy (64)
Stu Young (77), in honor of his son Patrick on his graduation from Calvert High School
J. Paul Rickett (69)
Gloria Blandford Rickett (71)
Helen Bovbjerg Niedung (54), in memory of Myra Rigor Selvadurai (54)