Here are some items that might be of interest:
1. SEPTEMBER 5 GOLF OUTING BENEFITS FOUNDATION! In connection with the upcoming Class of 74 Fortieth Reunion, an All Classes Golf Outing is being planned with proceeds benefiting the Foundation. Here’s the info:
Deadline for Registration: August 27, 2014; send golfer names and payment to Lauren (Foley) Johnson, 105 Tarragon Lane, Edgewater, Maryland 21037; register early to ensure your spot as participation is limited.
For More Information Contact: Lauren (Foley) Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-980-2032). Organizers: Lauren and Alan Johnson
Many thanks to the Class of 74 for its support of the Foundation, and to Lauren and Alan for their organizational efforts!
2. EXTRAORDINARY VALEDICTORIAN FEATURED IN WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE. Some of our readers may have seen the wonderful, and lengthy, Washington Post article by Ovetta Wiggins about this year’s Surrattsville valedictorian, Montel Medley. (Thanks to my Mom for sending along a copy!) Here’s an excerpt:
“High School Valedictorian has 4.0 GPA, and Autism: Montel Medley’s valedictory speech covered many standard themes … . Then, Montel delved into something rarely heard from someone with a 4.0 grade point average, standing before his graduating class, preparing to head to college in a few months. Montel, 17, spoke about his autism. ‘Having a disability doesn’t mean you have a disadvantage,’ Montel, the valedictorian at Surrattsville High School in Prince George’s County, told the audience. ‘Sometimes it can be an advantage.’ For Montel, graduating at the top of his class was part of a difficult journey that began with the realization at age 3 that he was nearly non-verbal, then continued through special education classes in elementary school and ultimately into academic independence and success. … [F]ewer than 60% of students with autism earn a diploma. … Alisha Clark, the coordinator of the autism program at Surrattsville, said Montel matured during his four years in high school and grew not only to accept his autism but to embrace it. … Montel said the autism program taught him to deal with controlling his anger and addressing peer pressure. It even helped him to learn to organize notes and keep track of his assignments, he said.
… [Montel’s mother] Roberta Medley becomes overwhelmed with emotion when she thinks back on Montel’s past and his accomplishments, including an almost unthinkable 4.0 grade point average and an acceptance to Towson University. ‘I dedicated a great part of my life to see that he flourished,’ said Roberta Medley, a single mother, choking back tears as she talked about her only child. ‘I worked with him a great deal to make him the person that he now is.’
This month, Montel and his mother met with a disability staff member [at Towson] to discuss what accommodations the school thinks he might need. Montel said he plans to follow the same rules that he used at Surrattsville: ‘I followed directions, I paid attention to my teachers, and I did the work. And I’m planning to do well in college, too.’”
Congratulations to this extraordinary young scholar, his devoted mother, and Alisha Clark and the rest of the great staff at Surrattsville.
[The entire article, with a great photo of Montel in the halls of Surrattsville, can be found at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/high-school-valedictorian-has-a-40-gpa-is-headed-to-towson-university-and-is-autistic/2014/06/14/076442a2-f0ca-11e3-914c-1fbd0614e2d4_story.html]
2. FOUNDATION YOUTUBE PROGRAMS NOW NUMBER 12. The Foundation’s youtube channel now features a significant amount of varied content, all of it interesting and some of it fun! The main page is at http://www.youtube.com/user/SurrattsvilleFDN. Please consider viewing the short programs and subscribing to the channel.
3. WRESTLING TEAM REUNION SET FOR SEPTEMBER 14. As previously announced, a reunion of Surrattsville’s wrestlers and coaches from the Coach Lew Jenkins era is being planned for Sunday September 14. Please send me an email at email@example.com if you’d like to be placed on the email list for information about that event, or if you know someone who might like information about the event.
[Ed. Note: We're trying to track down the following AWOL members of the 1970-1971 squad: Jim Bradshaw, Curtis Crane, Bernie Green, Tim Olinger, Mike Todish, Bill Endres and Larry Hoying. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information about these Hornets or members of their families.]
4. HORNET SHARES ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS AND MEMORIES. Many of our readers enjoyed the beautiful Memorial Day piece by Bill Crawford (62) in the last e-Notice. (Bill can be reached at email@example.com.) Bill’s Memorial Day reminiscences were informed by his experience as a rifleman and later a combat photo-journalist in Viet Nam.
The following is an epilogue to Bill’s Memorial Day thoughts: “Epilogue: I put down my cameras and stopped reading anything about the Jungle War in 1980. I continued to write but I mostly focused on advocating for the poor and powerless. I tried to forget the Nam and what happened there. Then last year something stirred inside of me. I arranged a Mississippi reunion with some Army journalists from my days at Fort Hood after the war. They all became serious writers, poets, and scholars. I re-engaged with the War, caught up on everything that had been written in the decades since, and bought some new Nikons. I even began writing about the Nam again. One day I was reading Keith Nolan's book, Death Valley, which chronicled one of the biggest battles of the war centered around LZ West. As I read the lurid details of those fateful days in the summer of 1969 I came across words that were all too familiar. I thought to myself: "This is some good stuff! I could have written this. I did write this!" I turned to the back of the volume and the citations jumped off the the page: Specialist 4 Bill Crawford, etc. I was a scared inexperienced kid in '69 but I was mentored by the best. I operated under the constraints of the Army and the odious shackles of censorship. I began to see the Nam in new light. I was mentored by the best and I came to be able to do my job with a measure of professionalism. I helped the photojournalists who mentored me by leading them to the truth. They could never give me credit directly in their stories but when I read a line written by me on the front page of the NY Times: "August can be a searing Hell for the infantry soldier operating in the Que Son Valley," I didn't mind in the least that the line was buried in a story written by the Big Boys. They often gave a nod to the skinny nerd on LZ West in this fashion. I had played a very small part in great work by giant writers and lensmen. I even met up with the Hawk, Sgt. George Hawkins, last year in San Francisco. He got me my job as a photojournalist on LZ West. By the end of 2013 I was mostly free in my mind of the Nam. Now I am writing a short story which is historical fiction. It is about grunts, lensmen, and the horrors of the Jungle War. Most of the characters and events are true because reporting truth is what I learned from the giants who were my mentors. The plot reflects both good and bad. But the story hinges on a combat radio transmission from the grave. The working title is: "I Hear You Lima Charlie, How Me?" Stay tuned.”
5. HELP NEEDED WITH FALLEN HEROES PLAQUE. As previously reported, thanks to the efforts of Bob Jeter (64), the Foundation is preparing a Fallen Heroes plaque to hang in the Legacy Hall that will contain the names and Class years of Hornets who died while serving in the military or as first responders (or later from service-related injuries). Bob is now putting the finishing touches on the text for the plaque, and needs our readers’ assistance in providing some missing information. The working text of the plaque is included at the end of this e-Notice. Please contact Bob at his new email address at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can provide any of the needed information, or if you know of any Hornets who should be honored in this way.
[Ed note: Photos of the Legacy Wall can be found on the Foundation's web site at www.surrattsville.org.]
6. CLASS OF 95 PLANS REUNION. The Class of 95 will be celebrating its 20 reunion in June 2015 at the Colony South and is looking for our classmates. Please send an email to Kenya Samuels Gray at Kenya.Gray@gmail.com if you have any information on 95 grads or members of their family. The Class also has a Surrattsville Class of 1995 group on Facebook. To kick-off the "countdown to 20," on June 11, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. the Class’s planning committee is hosting a celebrity scoops night at Rita's in Clinton (the old Pizza Hut near the intersection of Woodyard Road and Brandywine Road).
7. CLASS OF 75 PLANS REUNION. The Class of 75 is considering plans for a reunion. (Note that the Class of 75 reunion is not part of the upcoming Class of 74 reunion as was previously mentioned.) Please contact Lorraine Frank Kerr at email@example.com, or Cindy Shaffer Kluth on Facebook, if you are interested in the Class of 75 event.
8. CLASS OF 79 REUNION UPDATE. We received this update from the Class of 79 Reunion planners: "Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 23, 2014 for the Class of 79 Reunion, and surrounding classes are more than welcome to join in the fun. The event is planned to be at the Hilton Garden Inn in Waldorf, MD. To sign up and buy tickets go to: http://www.surrattsville79.reunionmanager.com/ Or email Marilynda Orange Macquade at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
9. CLASS OF 74 REUNION UPDATE. And we received this update from the Class of 74 on its reunion planning: “Invitations to the Class of 1974’s 40 year reunion on September 6, 2014 at The South River Golf Club in Edgewater, MD (7 p.m. start time) have been mailed out. Please go to the “Surrattsville Class of 74” Facebook page to get more details on the reunion and to review comments from your fellow alumni on the reunion. The Facebook link to the Class of 74 site is https://www.facebook.com/groups/117993451552383/. If you have not received an invitation yet and would like to attend the reunion please contact Paul Myers at email@example.com. Related to this, about 20 invitations have been returned due to non-current Linkins Twiford, Richard (Rick) Gehrman, Jr., Cynthia (Cindy) Miner Gehrman, Keith A. Armstrong, Bill Simpkins, Harry Carter, Elizabeth (Betty) Endres Raimondi, Tim Shanahan, Brenda L. Murphy, Robert Cornett, Charles (Charlie) Disharoon, Rosemary Harris Duke, George Sheppard, Fred Selby, Lisa Fugate Southerland, Joy Griffiths Taylor, Laurie Nichols Rhatican. If you know of the whereabouts and/or are in contact with any of these fellow alumni please let them know that an attempt to send them an invitation to the reunion was made. If they would like to attend please request that current contact information be forwarded to Paul Myers at the email address shown above. Finally, there is a substantial list of alumni for which the Reunion Committee has no contact information. We intend to post the list on the Class of 74 FB site. This will hopefully yield additional contact information for these alumni. Hope to see many of you in September. In the meantime, have a great summer – the Reunion Committee.”
10. CLASS OF 64 FINALIZES REUNION PLANS. And we received this latest reunion update from the Class of 64: “The class of 1964 is holding their 50th reunion in Ocean City the weekend of 9/26-28/2014 at the Commander Hotel (1401 Atlantic Avenue, OC, MD, 1-888-289-6166). If you have not made your plans to attend, please do so by 9/1/2014. Dress is beach casual and the cost for the dinner/dance, t-shirt, and memory book is $64. The hotel has set aside a block of rooms and is giving a 20% discount - you just have to mention SHS reunion and book your room 24-hours in advance. If you stay in the hotel Friday and Saturday, a brunch is included "free" on Sunday (9/28) morning. Plans include a meet and greet (BYOB) on Friday night beginning at 7pm at the hotel and cash bar/dinner/dance on Saturday night beginning at 6pm. This is truly a once-in-a- lifetime event so please plan to attend. Call one of the following people for more information: Phil Foster, 301-254-1946, firstname.lastname@example.org; Bob Fowler, 443-550-3142, email@example.com, Ginger Trapanotto, 301-318-6544, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Barbara Schlosser, 301-373-9648, email@example.com.
11. CLASSES OF 83/84/85 REUNION. And we received this notice from the Classes of 83, 84 and 85: "Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 11, 2014 for our Classes of 83/84/85 Reunion. Please email Debbie O’Clair MacKenzie at Debbiemackenzie45@yahoo.com to be placed on the mailing list (if you have not already received the “save the date” email). If you have questions about the event, contact your Class representative:
1983—Becky delVillar Levin: firstname.lastname@example.org
1984—Gary Stallings: email@example.com
1985—MaryBeth Klick: firstname.lastname@example.org"
12. SEEKING WEB SITE VOLUNTEER. The Foundation is still seeking an individual who might be willing to volunteer time to post items to the Foundation’s web site from time-to-time, and perhaps to update the website with more modern technology. Please send me an email at email@example.com if you would consider volunteering your talents to this noble undertaking.
13. NEW PHOTOS CONTINUE TO BE ADDED TO FOUNDATION'S FACEBOOK GROUP. Thanks to the on-going work of Foundation Historian and Archivist Shelby Lee Oppermann (79) and a number of members of the Surrattsville community, the large collection of wonderful historical photos with Surrattsville themes on the Foundation's Facebook Group, "Surrattsville Alumni," continues to grow. (Naturally, the Foundation would love to have any Surrattsville- or Clinton-themed historical photos or videos you might wish to share.) The Group now has over 1820 members.
All the best, Henry Smith (71)
HOMER REVIS (56) died on June 23. Homer and his wife Joan Penn Revis (61) were great supporters of the Foundation since its establishment in 2000. This lovely remembrance was submitted by Joan: “After fourteen years of dealing with cancers, and a strong and valiant fight, Homer Revis (Class of 1956) passed away on June 23, 2014. A lot of people, including Surratts schoolmates, attended the funeral in MD, and there will be a Memorial Service in PA where we live. Homer, the oldest of six children, was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1938. At 6 months of age, they moved to the MD/DC area, and to Clinton when he was 6 years old. All the kids, Homer, Harry, Phyllis, Ina Jean, Claude and Roy (all SHS graduates), worked hard on their “farmette”. Homer attended Surrattsville (grades 1-12) and graduated in 1956. He enjoyed learning, and took classes at U of MD, and PG Community College. He was gifted mechanically and became a journeyman Steamfitter (belonged for 56 years). He sometimes worked for others, but had several of his own businesses.
Homer married Joan L. Penn (SHS Class of ’61) in 1962 and they raised 2 daughters, Dawn and Doreen Renee, and a son, Darin in Clinton. They were 3rd generation to graduate from SHS (Joan’s Dad, Thomas Alan Penn, graduated in 1925). Homer loved his children and we did a lot of traveling and camping, including a 7-week trip around the States in 1976.
Homer played SHS and American Legion baseball. He always loved music and played in the SHS band, and sang— in school, a lot in churches, groups, etc. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and later camping, traveling and cruising (got to all but 4 states), went on 2 mission trips to Guatemala, one to the Netherlands, and a pleasure trip to the Mediterranean and Holy Lands. He served in the Air Force Reserves for 8 years. He loved flying—got his pilot’s license in 1962, and enjoyed flying for pleasure, travel and business. He loved family and people, especially his grandchildren Jennifer, Taylor and Jacob, and loved attending their activities.
After 40 years living in the home he built in Clinton, we moved to Mountain Top PA in 2005 to be near the family and grandchildren. Renee lives in NYC, 2-1/2 hours away. Most of all, Homer loved God, and served in many capacities in the churches God lead us to, even preaching a funeral one time. He wanted everyone to know their salvation, and he wanted to help people whenever he could. He will be remembered and missed by many.”
MANY THANKS TO THESE EARLY DONORS TO THE 2014 CAMPAIGN!
Jim Anderson Class of 1965
Cleveland, Robert & Mabel, also lost their oldest brother in WW II. Name? Classmate?
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Sgt. David Dickinson No data at all
J Paul Duke, Jr. Class of 1939
Richard Ellis Class of 1965 confirm class year-I have 3 different ones!
Captain Jeffrey Lyndol Harris need details
James Herbert 1953 Class of 1971 need details
Vernon Kennedy Class 1964 details?
Robert Edward Knadle Class of 1963
Jimmy (James) Lange... not sure of the spelling need details
Bill Miller (65) need details
Dean Gilman Owen
William Racca – Class of 1965
William Talbert Class of 1965
Marthell Traylor, Jr Class of 1964
Daniel J. Vaughan, Class of 1968,