Laurel Alumni Association holds banquet, celebrates 29th year

The Laurel Alumni Association’s 29th annual banquet was held on May 18 at the Laurel Fire Hall with eight decades of alumni in attendance. The highlight of the night was the presentation by LAA President Freddie Brock of 16 scholarships totaling $41,000 to graduating seniors of LAA members. The following are the recipients:

Pictured (l to r) are recipients of this year’s Laurel Alumni Association scholarships: Preston Hitchens III, Nicholas Whaley, Ian Elder, McKenna Longo, Austin Ruark, Paige Lynch, Maura Mears, Sara Parker, Zachary Keim, Brendyn Vanderslice, and Neville Crockett. Not pictured are Alexa Allen, Christopher Otwell, and Juliana Tyndall.

LAA Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 donated by the estate of David H. Elliott in memory of his mother and father, B. Thomas and Bessie H. Elliott, was awarded to Zachary Keim, Salisbury Christian School.

Past President’s Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to honor all of the individuals who have made donations to the Endowment Fund was awarded to Sara Parker, Laurel High School.

LAA Scholarship in the amount of $2,500, part of which was donated by the Bank of Delmarva, was awarded top Austin Ruark, Sussex Tech,

LAA Scholarship in memory of Charlie and Cora Rust, in the amount of $2,500, was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Gerald and Becky Rust Alberts, class of 1959, and was awarded to Maura Mears, Parkside High School.

LAA Scholarship in the amount of $2,500, a large part of which was donated by Mrs. Terry Wiest Dechene in memory of her father John Turner Wiest, who was a nursery man and landscaper in the Laurel areas for many years and who had seven children who graduated from Laurel High, was awarded to Alexa Allen, Sussex Tech.

LAA Scholarship in the amount of $2,500, a large part of which was donated by Doug and Hope Messick Larsen in memory of their son Jason Scott Larsen, who would of been a member of the class of 2021, was presented to Christopher Otwell, Laurel High School.

The George Schollenberger Scholarship, in the amount of $1,500 and donated by members of teams “Coach molded into men”, was presented by Ben Sirman to Christopher Otwell, Laurel High School.

LAA Scholarship in the amount of $2,500, in memory of class of 1967 deceased classmates, was presented by Scott Phillips, class of ‘67 President, to Nicholas Whaley, Sussex Tech.

LAA Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 was presented by the class of 1969 to Paige Lynch, Delmar High School.

LAA Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 was presented to Ian Elder, Laurel High School.

LAA Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 was presented to Chance Crockett, Bishop McNamara High School, Upper Marlboro, Md.

LAA Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 was presented to McKenna Longo, Sussex Tech.

LAA Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 was presented to Preston Hitchens III, Laurel High School.

LAA Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 was presented to Julianna Tyndall, Lake Forest High School.

LAA Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 was presented to Brendyn Vanderslice, Laurel High School.

The Helen Kirk Deputy Ellis Scholarship in the amount of $4,500 was presented to Brendyn Vanderslice, Laurel High School.

Special awards were presented to: the most senior woman present- Annabelle Cordrey, ‘44; the most senior man present- Elmer Hearn, ‘44; travelled the farthest- Joseph Elliott, ‘69, came 1,200 miles from Tyler, Tx.

“Serving as the president of the Laurel Alumni Association has been an honor that I will cherish. The members of the LAA are to be commended for their unwavering commitment to the LAA and to the futures of the children of Laurel High School graduates. This year we presented $41,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors from across the country, which brings the total of LAA scholarships to over $600,000 to date,” said Brock.

2019-06-14T14:19:36-05:00 June 6th, 2019|LAUREL-NEWS|