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Winslow High School 100th Anniversary Weekend

Winslow High School alumni from over twenty-three states attended a special 100th anniversary Alumni Weekend celebration on October 7 and 8 in Winslow and at the Holiday Inn Airport Evansville. 

  Festivities began on Friday morning with the Winslow Alumni Classic golf tournament at Prides Creek Park.  Twenty-four alumni and guests participated in the event.

Alumni pride was evident in a parade down Main Street in Winslow in the afternoon.  Over twenty-five units participated including the Classic Car Club of Pike County.  Several classes entered floats or trucks loaded with members of  individual classes.  Howard Briscoe, the last principal of Winslow High School, served as Grand Marshall of the parade and rode in the parade.

Also on Friday evening, two other activities were held in the old Winslow cafeteria and gymnasium:  a Winslow school traditional chili and peanut butter sandwich dinner and two basketball shooting competitions. Both the three point shooting and free throw shooting competitions were won by Doug Burns (Class of 73).

 It is estimated that over four hundred alumni and friends attended the Winslow events. 

On Saturday afternoon alumni gathered at the Holiday Inn Airport Evansville to continue the celebration of the 100th anniversary.  The Pike Central Swing Choir performed in the hotel atrium for the group.  Their selections were well chosen including a rousing rendition of the old Winslow Eskimo Fight Song. 

After dinner a letter of appreciation from Kayla Mason was read to the guests expressing her appreciation for receiving the scholarship.  She was in attendance and was introduced as the 29th Winslow High School Alumni Scholarship recipient from Pike Central High School.  She is currently a student attending Southern Indiana University majoring in nursing sciences. The Winslow Alumni scholarship program has provided over $44,000 in scholarships to Pike Central seniors since 1983.

Later in the evening awards were presented to recognize outstanding teachers, administrators, and athletes from the school’s history.  The fourteen (14) categories and winners for each were: 

English and Literature, Susie A. Thompson Home Economics, Winifred Dorsey Elliott
Foreign Language, Rose Marian Norrick Tooley Athlete, 1911 to 1944, “Red” Robert Smith
Mathemetics, Jack Benjamin  Athlete, 1945 to 1954, Richard “Dick” Farley
Science, Carroll Edrington Athlete, 1955 to 1964, Lawrence Meyer
Social Studies, Tom Morrison Athlete, 1965 to 1974, Gary Elliott
Music, Sam McKean Coach, Kern McGlothlin
Industrial Arts, Wrex Burns Principal, W. Newton Thompson

Over 310 alumni and friends attended the evening events, an increase in attendance of over 30% from 2009.

The WHSAA, Inc., wishes to thank all of those who attended or participated in any way in the Winslow Alumni activities ensuring the weekend’s success.  The next Winslow Alumni Weekend will be held in two years on October 4 and 5, 2013.

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