Special to The Times
The weekend of August 17- 19 was an exciting experience for the 1968 graduating class of Wenonah High School. The class has been noted to be the largest to hold a commencement ceremony at Wenonah. Former classmates gathered from as far as California to Texas and from Ohio to Florida to enjoy pleasant company and fellowship.
The first event during the 50th anniversary celebration was a
meet and greet reception held at the Hoover Lake House. Stories were recounted about school days long ago as class members provided updates regarding their contributions to society as authors, teachers, corporate managers, homemakers, painters, government workers, lawyers, miners, factory workers, recipients of doctorate degrees, and work in the ministry. It was with perseverance and talent that the class pursued their motto of 1968: “From This Fertile Spot, Into the Vast Unknown, We Go on Searching for Excellence.’’
The semi- formal Dinner Dance was held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Saturday, August 18. An inspiring message was presented by Donald Debrow (former principal of Wenonah High School and Carver High School.) Debrow’s tenure as a faculty member at Wenonah High included the class of 1968 high school years from the beginning until their graduation.
The recipient of the first Wenonah High School Class of 1968 scholarship is Tylar D. Tucker. Tylar is a 2018 graduate of Wenonah High whose accomplishments include: drum major of the Marching Dragons, member of the gold medal winning FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), head mime of a Gospel Mime group, dance instructor and member of the Dramatic Guild. Cynthia (Means) Satterwhite made a presentation regarding this scholarship winner.
On August 19, the class worshipped with Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, where Dr. Michael W. Wesley, Sr. is pastor. An “Until Next Time’ picnic followed at 2 p.m. at Cooper Green Park.
The 50th Reunion officers are: Alberta (Dunson) Grant Nixon, president; William Boyd, vice president; Brenda (Trammell) Jones, recording secretary; Johnnie Mae Hendrix, financial secretary; Sandra (Cannon) J. King and Frank Reeves, treasurers; Edna (Griffin) Henry, business manager; Clem Aaron Nixon, chaplain; Bessie (Williams) Hannon, assistant chaplain; Ervene (Mosley) Glover, database; and Mary (Blackmon) Gladney, publicity.
Several committees were involved in the effort to make the weekend a success. The souvenir booklet committee members were: Ervene (Mosley) Glover, Linda (Jones) Wilder. The finance committee members were: Johnnie Mae Hendricks and Sandra (Cannon) J. King. The souvenir packets committee members were: Ervene (Mosley) Glover and Brenda (Trammell) Jones. The publicity committee members were: Mary (Blackmon) Gladney and Sandra (Banks) Crawley. The meet and greet committee members were: Horace Debose and Brenda (Trammell) Jones.
The 50th Reunion Celebration was an amazing success and all the glory, honor, and praise to a most amazing God who has continued to sustain the class and its members.