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Clay Center High School Alumni Association

The Clay Center High School Alumni Association holds its annual alumni banquet on the Saturday before Memorial Day. A number of unsuccessful attempts were made, prior to 1932, to form an active association, but since then graduates have gathered every year to enjoy the company of friends and share cherished memories of days gone by. In an effort to attract larger numbers of graduates to the banquet, the association has recently started honoring classes every five years, rather than the traditional ten years. Weekend events also include the annual CCVFD Firefighters' Dance, the CCHS Alumni Golf Outing, and Memorial Day Services, which are held at the cemetery on Monday morning.

The first two graduates from CCHS were Ruth and Jesse Jessup, who received their diplomas in 1896. According to the association's records, 2,000 graduates have followed in their footsteps. At this time, there are 1,148 living graduates.

The association's executive board consists of three officers, as well as a permanent secretary who serves as historian and record keeper. The officers, with the exception of the permanenet treasurer, are elected through a nominating and balloting process. Voting takes place, and results are announced, the night of the banquet.

In 1996, the first CCHS Alumni Association Scholarship was proudly presented to a member of the 100th class to graduate from Clay Center High School. A total of one ($250) scholarship and eleven ($500) scholarships have been awarded since the program began.

In 1997 the association published the first alumni directory. Five hundred books have been sold, to date, and the proceeds have funded many worthwhile projects.

In 1999, the Wish List Project kicked off with the donation of six state championship banners, which honor teams from the 1980's and 1990's. This popular project has since donated toward the purchase of a studio piano for the music department and a concession stand popcorn popper. Various classes and individual graduates have donated a number of banquet tables and serving trays and this past year, three gymnasium floor protectors, which are used during non-athletic events, were purchased. The association's largest project, to date, has been the purchase of an eye-level graduation picture display rack, which stores and protects 80 years of senior class pictures. Association members donated hundreds of hours to organize the display, as well as identify three decades of graduates, whose names had never been recorded under their pictures.

 

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