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New London alumni gather for 127th annual celebration

By ELLEN SIMMONS • Jun 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM

NEW LONDON — More than 200 New London High School alumni and friends met in the cafetorium Saturday for the 127th annual New London High School Alumni Celebration.

The evening was hosted by alumni association president Terry Sutherland (class of 1971) and entertainment was provided by the alumni band.

“We are grateful to have a strong and active alumni association at New London and you are always welcome in Wildcat Country,” New London Local Schools Superintendent Brad Romano said.

The most senior members in attendance were Delaurice Bilton Cooke and Frances Reed Brogan (class of 1941).

Romano, who is completing his fifth year as superintendent and 10th year as a New London administrator, outlined the recent updates at the school and future plans. Among these plans is the renewal of a permanent improvement levy on the November ballot, as well as a fund-raising project to repair the structure containing the bell displayed in front of the school’s event entrance.

Four members of the class of 2018 thanked the association for their scholarships. Dane Matthews will attend Bowling Green State University and study marine biology. Weston Eibel will enter The University of Toledo and study pharmacy. Kathryn Marett will attend The Ohio State University to study accounting and Emily Dalton will go to Kent State University to study speech pathology.

A member of the class of 2000, Nathan James, announced funds are being sought to place a bench at the school in memory of his father-in-law and former local teacher, Joe Sexton.

It was announced the debt on the Terry Wilson Memorial Observation Deck at the New London Reservoir Park has been reduced from $18,000 to $13,000 in the past year due to a joint fundraiser by the Rotary, Community Improvement Corp. and the Friends of the New London Parks. The money came from a February Super Raffle, the first of a hopefully annual event.

Eric Ebinger (class of 1995) was elected vice president of the alumni association and Stacey DeSanto Gregory (also class of 1981) will move up to president. Wendy Hall Kidd (class of 1975) will continue as secretary and Steve Fawcett (class of 2003) will remain the treasurer.

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