*This story first appeared in The Budget’s June 27, 2018, Local Edition.
The alumni of Baltic High School met on June 16 at Baltic Elementary in the gym where many memories were made. “It is a time to remember and share,” said Heinz Stucki, the president of the group and Master of Ceremonies for the event.
After honoring veterans who had served, the group enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Two Chicks and an Oven of Ragersville.
The four oldest alumni in the crowd were from the Class of 1944 and included Edna Baumgardener Fenty, Tom Fox, Glenn Lorenz and Cherolene Dietz Reidenbach. Fox was also recognized for traveling the farthest to the event.
Piper Schilling, a 2018 graduate of Garaway, was on hand to accept the Baltic Alumni Scholarship. She is the daughter of Jim and Lois Schilling and plans to major in English with aspirations of being an editor or book publisher. Schilling’s grandmother was a graduate of Baltic High School.
Elaine Santee, who oversees the scholarship selection, noted that the group is grateful for the funds that have been donated over the years. “This is the 11th year for the scholarship,” she said.
“All the funds we raise at events like this, every penny, ends up in scholarships so that Garaway students can go to college,” Stucki said.
He thanked Richard Zimmerman, custodian at the school, for his hard work in setting up for the event. He also gave kudos to Superintendent James Millet and Principal Jeff Williams for their assistance. Floyd Everhart was praised for spending countless hours setting up displays in the cafeteria.
Gary Gerber serves as vice president; Errol Jacobs is immediate past president; Marlene Renner is treasurer; and Bonnie Swihart is secretary.
The date for the 2019 event has been set for June 15.