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Going out in style

Class of ’42 holds last reunion, donates to AHS?Champs program

November 2, 2012
Emily Siegmon - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ALPENA - The Alpena High School class of 1942 donated $255 to the AHS Champs Scholarship fund this summer, during its 70th graduation anniversary - and last scheduled reunion.

Theresa Stoppa, one of the 1942 graduates who organized the last class reunion, said four individuals representing the class of '42 presented the check to Principal Matt Poli on Aug. 18 at the high school.

"We planned the meeting at my home, but we had the actual reunion at the 19th Hole," Stoppa said.

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Matt Poli, Alpena High School principal, right, and AHS Athletic Director/D-House Principal Tim Wedgeleft, accept a check from AHS Class of 1942 members, left to right, Bette LaLonde, Theresa Stoppa, Millie Sobolewski and Harvey Hansen. The Class of '42 held its last reunion and decided to donate the money remaining in their fund to the AHS Champs Program.

Stoppa said she and two other women, Bette LaLonde and Millie Sobolewski, who represented the graduating class still reside in Alpena.

"We usually meet for our class reunions every five years to primarily renew acquaintances and socialize. It's a warm get-together and a wonderful opportunity to see old friends," Stoppa said. "This was our 70th year, so we took money to give to the athletics at the school. Our class had a wonderful group of athletes, and we thought it would encourage others to do the same."

According to Poli, after celebrating the 70th anniversary of graduating from AHS the class agreed this year would become their last scheduled reunion. At that point, the class made the decision to invest the remaining class reunion funds into future Wildcat students.

"The class donated a total of $255 to the AHS Champs Scholarship fund, which will continue to promote educational opportunities for students," Poli said.

Poli said the sports scholarship started years ago and goes toward student athletes in need of financial support. He said the scholarship is awarded to students based on applications, funding, and committee reviews.

"It was fantastic to sit down and listen to them, especially because they attended classes at one of the original buildings that burned down years ago," Poli said. "It was amazing that they decided to give back, and provide an opportunity for future wildcats. We're very thankful for the 1942 class donation."

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